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New construction, need help

Posted by cathyck (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 4, 08 at 16:10

We are bulding a house on a few acres in Rockland County NY about 15-20 miles from Manhattan.We house is in the rough electric and plumbing stage. It is a 2 story about 3500 sf not counting a 2300 sf basement, with 9' ceilings on all floors. I am confused with all of the research I have done. I don't know what would be the best things we could do for energy efficiency. We have a well, and put in city water.We also put in radiant heat under all floors including the garage and basement. We also are installing a contraflow heater in the middle of the house with a white oven above it. Would geothermal be good or would solar be better? Solar electric photovolactic? What about solar hot water? I'm confused. We are probably going to install a pool also. Not sure if we will now or in a few years. Thanks so much for your help.

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RE: New construction, need help

The size of your house indicates your can probably afford solar voltaic. I'd suggest you go with the largest system of that within your budget. The runaway cost of fuel is shortly going to spill over into the electric power industry. I can't see how electricity will do anything but double in cost in the near future.....

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