Nate Russell's blog

Surprising technical design aspects of California ADUs 

Did you know that water heating is often the top energy end use in smaller ADUs or homes with a higher occupant density? Specifying heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) is one of the best strategies to reduce energy use as these are about three times more efficient than electric resistance or gas. 


How I electrified my Northern Michigan home

A few years ago, I had the opportunity and privilege to design and build a high performance all-electric home in northwest lower Michigan. Read on to learn about the electric equipment, our experiences to date, and some data on hot water, minisplit, and overall energy use.

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