Saturday, July 24, 2010


We have received our Passive House certification!  Thanks so much to our builders, Blake and Larry Bilyeu, for all their hard work throughout this entire project.  We are officially the first new construction Passive House on the US West Coast.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Energy usage

We have received two power bills constituting a little less than two months of electricity service at the new house.

We have averaged a tiny bit less than 14 kWh per day.  By way of comparison, the average American house uses about 30 kWh per day, according to the Department of Energy.

Except for a few days last week, the weather since we've moved into the house has been very temperate, so we weren't expecting a huge bill.  Still, it's nice to see such a low bill, especially considering that electricity is our only energy source - we don't use natural gas or heating oil.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

20 under 40

Our local paper, the Statesman Journal, is creating a list of 20 awesome people under 40 years of age.  And our own builder Blake Bilyeu has been nominated!  Go Blake!  We're rooting for you.