4 things you need to know about smart thermostats

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Stuart Lombard has a mission: to reduce people’s carbon footprints while saving money. He found that heating and cooling made up the bulk of utility costs and searched to find a better way to monitor a home’s energy usage. He founded ecobee> in 2007. The company developed a smart thermostat that allegedly saves people up to 23 percent a year on their heating and cooling bills. Some energy companies also offer rebates on smart thermostats, saving homeowners even more money. ecobee offers… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This green-roofed home for a master gardener embraces nature

Tapped to design a home for a master gardener in Portland, Oregon, Seattle-based design practice Olson Kundig crafted the Country Garden House, a light-filled home that frames garden views from every room. Designed for indoor/ outdoor living, the home features walls of glass that overlook views of the landscape and spans 5,300 square feet to accommodate the needs of a multi-generational family. Clad in reclaimed barnwood, the home’s simple gabled form and ample glazing are evocative of traditional… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building