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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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The reason we do not use DC for grid is because it requires much larger gauge wire for DC current. The wiring would be cost prohibitive and more prone to overheating.

You can use DC appliances with a solar/wind system because it is close to the point of production and most off-grid houses like mine have both AC and DC appliances.

There are many DC appliances available and any appliance with a motor can be converted to DC but you have to match the proper amps.
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hqanut, moisture can be such a pain! I agree that a dryer is essential.
I live in a climate with 100% humidity. When we were overseas, the tenants didn't run the air conditioner and the change in moisture/temperature throughout the years caused the cabinets and some of the bookshelves to start to separate. (They also burned a hole in the original wood floor, put holes in the walls, broke windows, broke the septic tank lid, messed up the plumbing, ripped out the plumbing vents, stole doorknobs, stole electrical outlets, tampered with the wiring, destroyed the parquet flooring throughout the house, and never cleaned so the house became infested with mice and bugs. They also dumped trucks and other trash in our yard so we had to have someone come haul it all off after giving them a few years to move the junk themselves, and they peppered our driveway with nails and stole our street sign). Keeping a somewhat consistent range of temperature and moisture level is important. There can be some variation, but too much and its a problem.

roseglow3, it still makes me sad that the commercial development forced you to move. My yard used to be surrounded by forest on 3 sides but the timber company cut the trees down all the way around the forest. At one point they were planning to cut some of the trees in my yard and actually cut my fence and started marking the trees as theirs. We fixed the fence and covered the marks and then waited and had a word with some of their workers when we caught them trying to trespass. They didn't do it again.
My house has the front in the north with a large 400 year old oak tree in front. The porch on the north side keeps things shaded as well. The south part is open to the sun and there are a couple of windows. There is a detached carport about 20 feet away from the west side of the house and there used to be some small trees but a few of them were knocked down in a hurricane. The east side has one large room that gets sunlight but there is a pecan tree that partially shades it and then the house makes a sort of backwards L shape... It's difficult to explain without pictures. There is a sliding glass door on the south side of one large greatroom that sticks out from the rest of the house on the east. It is not the most energy efficient design. I personally would prefer smaller windows because I don't like a lot of sunlight, but my windows are huge.

I just wish I could figure out the logistics of trying to make it a bit more energy efficient without just tearing the whole place down.
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Houzz Tour: Going for Broke in Las Vegas

With bold architectural moves and killer views, this 8,000-square-foot resort-style home doesn’t hold back Full Story
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pswerup
I have seen many houses, but this one is really a wow infrastructure, a great combination of sophistication, style, comfort, nature, design, uniqueness..
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priszz
trop cool.
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Design Workshop: The Art of Joining Materials

Watch for carefully crafted meeting points in a home's building materials — they're among the hallmarks of great architecture Full Story
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amellee
Beautiful clean lines. Saying that, interiors are overwhelming by all this wood. It's too much for me. However beautiful it is, it's definetly not for me indors. Too much of wood, too much of this colour which in smaller doses I like a lot.
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#1: this is what a great architect can do for you ! Amazing !
April 17, 2014 at 9:38am   
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Houzz Tour: A Cubist Confection Oriented Toward Nature

Dramatic yet understated, a West Vancouver house defers to its woodland and ocean setting Full Story
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shubham dhoot
Simplicity is the ultimate example of Sofistication ! And this is the ultimate example for the proverb !
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henrysprintrs
Beautiful and elegant . A few questions-1) while Vancouver is the most temperate climate in Canada how practical is the high glass volume in terms of heating costs. I've used Heat Mirror Glass in an Ontario home and while it was much better than standard sealed therma lpane (approx. R value of 8.2 vs. 3.7) it was also very expensive at more than 3 times the cost for the glass panes. What type of Glass is used here? is it triple glazing, what is the inert gas between panes? Cost verses regular thermal pane which is about $7.00/square foot?
2) How about heat gain from sun exposure in the summer-concrete floors are a heat sink and I've experienced very significant temperature gains with just localized sun exposure in the afternoon for just a few hours can overcome AC-how does this work here??
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Bathroom Workbook: 8 Elements of Contemporary Style

Does a sharp, clean and uncluttered bathroom sound good to you? If so, a contemporary design could be the key Full Story
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janbhan
I like the LED strip under the edge of the counter.
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Janhban: Thanks. It's a Robern vanity that comes with that option.
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