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The main reason for the blog update is to plug Bridlewood Builders for winning the 2010 Pyramid Award for the Best Green Custom Home of the Year (they also won a second award). The Pyramid Awards are issued by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg; a list of all awards can be found on the 2010 Pyramid Award Winners webpage.
And the winner is...Bridlewood Builders!
It's great to see Bridlewood get some recognition for the wonderful work they did on our home. Plus, since we were so intimately involved in the design and construction of the house, we feel like we won the award too!
Our energy usage statistics have improved dramatically since mid winter. Our actual usage has dropped by about 30% compared to winter, and with all the summer sun our production has increased quite a bit. For the past few months our production is outpacing our usage - as expected - although as I mentioned previously, it's pretty clear we won't be net zero energy on an annual basis. The graph below shows our energy statistics as of July 18, 2011. Actual usage is blue, solar production is red (shown as negative), and net usage is black. The label should read Energy (not Power) in kilowatt-hours and the months run from the 15th to the 15th (since we began on Jan 1, the first "month" is really only half-a-month).
Monthly Energy Statistics
I have much more to say regarding our energy usage and how it compares to national averages. Check back soon and I'll have a detailed update. (I know I've been saying that for a while now, but I really will get to this soon!)