This online-only article is a supplement to the Winter 2016 print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
November 23, 2016
One Family's Journey to Achieving True Sustainability
In the summer of 2005, shortly after buying what he thought would be his dream house, Ron Notes realized he had a problem. The house, as it turned out, was more of a nightmare than a dream. The downstairs was frigid in the winter and the upstairs was stifling in the summer. Utility bills in both seasons were exorbitant. And although the rural western Maryland location provided stunning views of the nearby forests and farmlands, it also left the house vulnerable to power outages due to falling trees. Notes knew that in order to keep the dream alive, something needed to be done.
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