Marc Lefkowitz | 06/25/09 @ 1:11pm
Continental Magazine profiles the small house movement ten years after Sarah Susanka's seminal work, "The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Live". It traces the history of the small domicile ethos, from the Minimum House movement during the Depression to post-WWII Levittown tract homes to the weeHouse, starting a 341 sq. ft available online.
Closer to home, the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust wants you to consider a little green house-a green cottage to be exact-which are being built in the Cleveland EcoVillage. Live in the lap of efficiency. These locally designed 1,200 sq ft. homes will heat for as little as $35 a month and are within easy walking distance to the W. 65th Rapid station. (Read David Beach's coverage of the Green Cottages here)
Energy efficiency block grants-what's best?
Stimulus funds for energy efficiency are heading our way: Cuyahoga County will receive $5.5 million and Cleveland $4.5 million to invest in energy efficiency. Where can we see the most bang for the buck? Should this money be used to think about a house as a system and invest in projects that otherwise wouldn't get funded, or should it make a serious dent in low hanging fruit like a massive light bulb replacement program? At roughly $10,000 each, would Deep Energy Retrofits on 1,000 homes (making them so energy efficient that they don't need a furnace) be a smart investment of the $10 million? Or would replacing 68.5 million incandescent light bulbs with $1.50 energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs seem like a better investment?