Home Energy Management System Charlottetown PE
Home Energy Management System
December 22, 2009 By Dennis Burger
Green in RI
As you cross the threshold of this gorgeous New England-style home overlooking Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, the first place your mind definitely doesn’t go is toward visions of high-tech gadgetry or green living.
But there’s something special that sets this home apart from the rest of the block.
Wide reclaimed wood planks the way from the lofty foyer into an open dining room and kitchen that any foodie would drop kick a kitten for. Hundred-year-old glass doorknobs grace the doors. It doesn’t take long to stumble across the massive Runco plasmas hanging on the walls here and there, or the touchscreen remotes that handle everything in the home from lighting, climate control, and distributed A/V to the eSommelier wine inventory system.
But these techy touches hardly tarnish the traditional charm of the home; in fact, they’re just the first (and most visible) clue that there is something more to this house.
For homeowners Kimberly and Joe Hageman, the goal was to build a home that reflected their green sensibilities without crimping their technology-driven lifestyle—to create a synergy between smart home tech and sustainability.
So in addition to the spray foam insulation throughout, which provides an airtight barrier between barrier between the elements and elegant interiors, and the five-zone Newport Geothermal heating and cooling system keeps the house comfy while boasting an energy efficiency rating of 400%, the home’s Control 4 energy management system allows the family to monitor energy usage on any touchscreen remote or TV in the house. The system also keeps tabs on appliances and automatically cuts power to them at preset times to conserve energy.
Outside, the rainwater harvesting system captures over 100,000 gallons of water a year, which is used to irrigate the carefully crafted landscape—a mix of native grasses, plants, and trees designed by local landscape architect John C. Carter to be naturally drought tolerate and disease resistant.
And in the event that the rainwater reservoir runs a little dry in the summer, the irrigation system draws from the home’s geothermal well instead of municipal water.
Green touches like that abound in the project—some subtle, some not so much.
The faucets are all high-efficiency, but you’d never know it unless you were told. The countertops are made of 50% recycled wood and paper and 50% bamboo, another fact you’d never glean from merely touching them. You’d also probably never know that the NuVo Essentia E6G is the world’s first Energy Star-compliant distributed audio system on the market unless you visited the equipment room in the basement.
Nor the fact that the local installer Robert Saglio Audio Video reduced wiring needs by more than 50 percent over a typical system