Friday, January 28, 2011

Your Two Cents

You might have noticed this blog is a new venture. As we get up and running, I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments on any of the following:
  • What would you like to know about healthy and efficient homes?
  • Who would you like to hear from on this topic?
  • Any homes we should check out?
  • What types of technologies and systems are you curious about?
  • Are you interested in solar PV and solar thermal?
  • Energy monitoring and blower door tests?
  • Passive houses?
  • LEED certified homes?
  • Natural landscaping?
  • Eco-interior design and art?
  • Little things you can do to keep your home warmer, healthier, and more cost efficient?
  • Are there other blogs on these topics you'd like to recommend?
  • Have a story to share?
  • Suggestions on a good story to cover?
Any and all thoughts are welcome and appreciated. Thank you!


  1. I've just finished reading an advance copy of your book--I could barely put it down from beginning to end! You are so brave to tell the story while your parents are still alive to read it. I appreciate your ability to be sympathetic with your family while still telling the truth, which must have been hard for everyone to relive. For me, one of the hallmarks of a great book is making me want to learn more, and yours has me looking up everything about the Nearings and the Colemans. I see a great reading journey ahead. Thank you!

  2. Oh, and as a P.S. which is more on topic, we converted our home in California to solar this year, and we have enjoyed getting "bills" from the electric company that show a negative balance.

  3. Thank you Kathi. So glad you enjoyed the book and are interested in reading more. Yes, I'm biased, but I highly recommend my father's books to everyone and anyone.
    Oh, and way to go on that electric bill!

  4. Melissa,

    Great to see the blog up and running. I'm interested in pretty much every one of the items on your list above, but I'm particularly interested in hearing feedback from people living in this new generation of energy efficient homes. How are they working? How is the comfort level compared to what they are used to? How are the utility bills? It seems like we hear a lot about projects as they are being built and commisioned, but very little once they are actually occupied, which is when it actually matters.


  5. Great points Fortunat. We'll be following up with a number of projects with just those kinds of questions.