Investing in Alternative Energy

Investing in Alternative Energy

Renewable energy investments directly benefit you and all of us! Check out these opportunities to start making a change:

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Northwest eco building guild logoEducation Session: Solar Energy for Those without Solar Access Join the NW EcoBuilding Guild at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Wednesday May 25 from 7-9pm for a discussion of solar energy and how we can make it accessible for renters. More info.

 

Tiny House Heating Solutions

Tiny House Heating Solutions

Tiny houses are a great way to live with a smaller carbon footprint. In Seattle, they have also become a practical response to our city’s housing crisis. The Low Income Housing Institute has constructed Tiny House Villages all over the city.

Our experience is that people looking to live in a small footprint are inherently also interested in low resource/energy consumption and high space efficiency.

Laura recently discussed “small footprint” heating at the Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair and at an LIHI event. In comparison to other heat sources typically considered for small spaces (radiant floor, radiant/convection wall heat, ductless heat pumps), radiant ceiling panels were clearly the superior solution on several accounts, including:

 

  • no special materials or substrate required for installation
  • conserves prime wall space for other needs
  • heats more comfortably, faster
  • low amps needed (between 0.8 – 1.6 for 240v depending on size of unit)
  • no noise or moving parts to break
  • efficient and healthy from production through use
  • 20 year warranty
Read more about the benefits of Radiant Ceiling Panels. Laura is also happy to have further conversations about the pros and cons of infrared radiant heat compared to other heating options!
Pipe Dreams Become Portland’s Energy Reality

Pipe Dreams Become Portland’s Energy Reality

lucidenergy-638x249Lucid Energy, a Portland based start-up has set out to tap the energy in Portland’s drinking water. They have created a system built in to city water pipes that functions as hydropower plants do but without the environmental pitfalls like disrupting wildlife and emitting greenhouse gases. Their system relies on the already flowing water in pipelines to move turbines within the pipe which are connected to generators. Currently portland has this system installed in 50 feet of pipe which is generating 1,100 megawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power 150 homes!

This project cost $1.7 million dollars and was paid for by private investors, it is expected to generate $2 million dollars worth of electricity over the next 20 years. Portland has agreed to buy back the electricity for at least the next 20 years. This technology is a huge deal because many cities have aging infrastructure requiring them to make improvements in the upcoming years and this option would allow them to have a dual purpose replacing their pipes!

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Mighty Energy Solutions Presents to the NWEBG

Mighty Energy Solutions Presents to the NWEBG

Heat PanelsThe April meeting of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild was all about HVAC, and Mighty Energy Solutions was a presenter! Laura had an opportunity to share information about radiant heat panels and talk about how they have worked for her clients and in her own home.

If you have questions about radiant heat panels and how they might be an appropriate stand-alone or supplemental heating solution for your home or business, give us a call to learn more.