Connecticut architect turns farmhouse into epitome of energy efficiency
Connecticut architect turns farmhouse into epitome of energy efficiency Solar architect Joe Rountree's job focuses primarily on making living spaces more energy-efficient, so when he decided to give his 100-year-old farmhouse a much needed update, it was no surprise that he wanted it to be as green as possible. Westport Patch reports that he installed solar panels that provide 80 percent of the house's energy as well as a number of other environmentally friendly amenities.
According to the news source, the final results was a long-term goal for the Connecticut resident,comma who began the process nearly a year ago. His quest for energy independence has so far yielded exceptional results, as the news provider reports that the panels can generate over 3,000 watts of electricity on a sunny day.
Along with solar panels, Rountree also installed high-density foam insulation, a combination gas and electric heating and cooling system and replaced the existing floor with bamboo flooring.
Homeowners looking to go green in their own abode should consider installing bamboo flooring. TLC.com reports that bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, as the plant's root system remains in the ground when bamboo is harvested and can regrow back to mature height in under seven years.