Mighty Energy Annual Donation: LIHI’s Tiny House Program

Mighty Energy Annual Donation: LIHI’s Tiny House Program

Every year Mighty Energy makes an anniversary donation as one initiative towards supporting the greater community. This year we focused that donation to the Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle.

Over the past several years LIHI has developed nine tiny house villages in Seattle and more recently, two in Olympia. Together they will serve approximately 1000 people annually – including familites with children as well as individuals – with housing and services to help the community more out of homelessness.

LIHI is currently raising matching funds for their Tiny House Village Program through USA’s Today’s “A Community Thrives – CrowdRise Campaign”. If this campaign is successful, LIHI will become eligible for a grant between $25,000 and $100,000 to continue their incredibly impactful work addressing the homeless problem in our region.

DONATE HERE! 

In Support of The BLOCK Project

In Support of The BLOCK Project

The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the issues of homelessness, cross-class integration, social inclusion, and architectural design. The BLOCK Project invites the greater community to take on the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residential-zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 sq ft home is beautifully designed to be off-grid, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich. We are proud to be partnering with Ducoterra to supply our Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels to heat the block homes. Plus they are all powered by solar panels supplied by our friends at West Seattle Electric and Solar
The BLOCK Project concept was created by BLOCK Architects in 2016. Rex Hohlbein and Jenn LaFreniere designed the BLOCK Homes with the goal of setting a new precedent in housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness. In 2017, BLOCK Architects enlisted Facing Homelessness to take ownership of the BLOCK Project and bring it to the community. Facing Homelessness is a 501(c)(3) organization building a new awareness about our relationship to those experiencing homelessness. 
Reversing Energy Inequalities

Reversing Energy Inequalities

Families in the United States with the lowest income pay disproportionately more for their electricity, sometimes lacking basic access to services altogether. There has become a rising issue of people becoming forced to choose between paying their utility bills and buying medicine and food. As we shift to a cleaner electric system, the question becomes whether we’ll mitigate these inequalities or exacerbate them as we integrate new wind, solar, energy efficiency and grid management technologies into our electric system.
This has lead experts to identify three fundamental innovations that can provide a more equitable energy system in which customers don’t have to make intolerable trade-offs. The suggested reforms are: improved data collection, procedural reforms and customer education.
These recommendations are consistent with recent efforts undertaken by the Northwest Energy Coalition currently championing a bill in Oregon (HB 2242) that will increase the ability of underrepresented communities to participate in regulatory proceedings.
This bill will:
  • Empower the Oregon Public Utility Commission to authorize utilities to offer rate designs that keep service affordable for low-income or other deserved custimers.
  • Grant access to funding organizations that represent low-income communities and environmental justice organizations, so they can engage effectively in the regulatory process.
  • Create the position of Low-Income and Environmental Justice Advocate to represent the interest of low-income communities and communities that suffer disproportionately from pollution from the production of energy.

The NW Energy Coalition is also involved in pushing forward the Clean Electricity Bill (SB 5116) which provides increased assistance for low-income customers and investments to help communities whose economies and residents may face special challenges as a result of the transition away from fossil fuels.

We’re Made In Washington Certified!

We’re Made In Washington Certified!

made in Washington label

We’re excited to announce that Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels by Ducoterra are now officially certified by the Made in Washington program.  As a manufacturer, Ducoterra does a lot of work to make their operations more efficient, and sustainable. Here’s what they had to say:

At Ducoterra, our roots are in supporting a sustainable world. We believe this means that, as stewards of this earth and our communities, we must first do no harm. And second, we must use our skills and strengths to benefit all our stakeholders – our employees, our customers, our planet, our communities, and our owners.  We use a system of accounting for our products and activities called the Triple Bottom Line – enhancing value for our People, our Planet, and our Profits. We accomplish this through value driven decision making, delivering environmentally conscious and healthy products produced by employees who are valued and grow as we grow.

You can find the company listing on the Impact Washington site here:  https://impactwashington.org/companies/ductoterra/

WA State Initiative for Clean Energy + Green Jobs

WA State Initiative for Clean Energy + Green Jobs

Washington State has a chance to put a groundbreaking environmental initiative on the ballot this year! Initiative 1631 will put a price on pollution and invest in clean energy like wind and solar, as well as healthier forests, and clean air and water across the state, creating thousands of local Washington jobs.

 

Mighty Energy would like to encourage you to learn more and support this diverse coalition of businesses, nonprofits, and communities fighting for a healthier future for all of us. Read more or sign up to volunteer here.

 

Infrared Radiant Heat on the 2018 NW Green Home Tour

Infrared Radiant Heat on the 2018 NW Green Home Tour

We are excited to announce that FOUR projects featuring infrared radiant heat will be on display during the NW Green Home Tour this year! This opportunity to see the latest and greatest green building projects in the northwest is not to be missed! Join us on April 28-29, 2018!

April 28 – 29, 2018 | 11am – 5pm

 

 Garden Cottage with Norwegian Roots

7535 25th Ave NW | Open Sunday Only

Designed by Red Cottage Studios, the Cottage in the Garden is “koselig”; warm and welcoming as an expression of the owner’s Norwegian roots and features infrared heat supplied by Mighty Energy Solutions. Less than 500 square feet, the cottage includes a separate pottery studio which can be converted to a future bedroom. A conventional heating source would have been too big for this cottage, but the radiant ceiling panels heat only the occupants, at a fraction of the cost of a heat pump or boiler. More info here.

Ballard Industrial Makeover & Addition

653 NW 52nd St | Open Sunday Only

ming | architecture and design and Pathway Design & Construction teamed up to give the owners of this duplex a seamless approach for finding creative solutions. The family of 5 had outgrown their 1200 sq ft unit, yet codes limited what they could add. The original 1970’s radiant heating system was replaced with cozy and efficient infrared radiant ceiling panels and cove heaters. Long-lasting and cost effective, these heaters help maintain superior indoor air quality in the home by eliminating the need for ducting or fans that circulate allergens. Read more here.

 

 

Molly’s Pocket Mansion

2608 46th Ave SW |Open Saturday Only

By S.A.G.E. Designs NW, Molly’s Pocket Mansion is a wonderful DADU in West Seattle. At just under 800sf it is a great layout for one person or for a couple. This project prioritized aging in place accessibility and natural light. It is heated with a ductless heat pump and infrared radiant ceiling panels. More info here.

 

architectural drawing DADU

DADU With A View in Ravenna

6510 19th Ave NE | Open Sunday Only

Designed by Living Shelter Architects and built by Mighty House Construction, this project includes super energy-efficient building solutions with an emphasis on healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Infrared Radiant Ceiling panels provide a simple and efficient heating solution for the entire space. Read more here.