Living sustainably means meeting our needs today, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The primary purpose of performing the energy retrofit and renewable energy installations on the Livermore residence was to demonstrate what can be done to reduce the carbon footprint of a suburban homeowner on a budget of approximately $60,000. The overall goal was to reduce our home’s carbon footprint by 100%, and to change the current paradigm of what is possible.
The retrofit strategy struck a balance between three objectives:
1. Make it affordable
2. Make it feasible (using off-the-shelf technologies)
3. Make it replicable
The sweet spot in the middle, where the three circles overlap, is where we have primarily focused our strategy.