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Seattle residence generates more power than it uses

Wed, 01/04/2012 - 10:32

Eric Thomas and Alexandra Salmon have recently moved into a new residence in Seattle, Washington. The new house features radiant heating and solar panels on the roof, technology which helps to make it the first home in the city to produce more energy that it uses, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

The newspaper reported that the couple chose the residence due to the green nature of the energy-efficient technology, but also to help the young individuals limit their electricity bills.

"We knew we wanted an energy-efficient house with lots of light and enough space to grow into, but we were on a pretty tight budget," Salmon said in a statement after moving into the residence.

The couple told the newspaper that they hoped to spread the news of their low costs and limited energy consumption, as they noted it makes sense in the current economy.

"We’re hoping to spread the word to people in Seattle and elsewhere who care about saving energy and saving money that this sort of house is not out of reach," said Thomas in the statement. "If we were able to do this with a little creativity and very limited funds, just about anyone can do it."

According to the newspaper, the 1,915-square-foot home comes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a work loft. The power is generated by a 6,000-watt solar panel array on the roof of the home, and this technology helps to provide energy to several green products throughout the residence.

One of these products is a radiant heating system, technology that harnesses the maximum amount of power from the solar panels and uses this to heat the home in a comfortable and efficient manner. 

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