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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 26, 2012 12:33 PM
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by Lauren last modified Oct 25, 2012

Kyle and I know a thing or two about home energy efficiency. When we bought our house 6 years ago, it had leaky windows, no insulation in the walls, ancient appliances and a heating system that should have been replaced 20 years ago. The first couple of years were rough (hello wool socks!), but we gradually made improvements – increasing our efficiency while decreasing our monthly utility bills. But instead of separating energy efficiency from design, we chose to integrate [...]




 

 

Kyle and I know a thing or two about home energy efficiency. When we bought our house 6 years ago, it had leaky windows, no insulation in the walls, ancient appliances and a heating system that should have been replaced 20 years ago. The first couple of years were rough (hello wool socks!), but we gradually made improvements – increasing our efficiency while decreasing our monthly utility bills. But instead of separating energy efficiency from design, we chose to integrate the two with every project we undertook – from the big picture reorganization of our floor plan to the types of light fixtures we purchased. (In fact, that’s why we have a whole page dedicated to our efforts.)

Even though chezerbey has been completely retrofitted, the Seattle area is filled with older homes just like ours and that’s why I’m excited to be a part of Re-Energized by Design, a local “design show” style competition put on by Puget Sound Energy. Starting in January, I’ll be working with one of the six Re-Energized by Design contestants in a series of five room-by-room makeover challenges. The goal is to combine creative home design with energy efficiency, while working with a limited budget and time schedule. At the end of each challenge, a panel of judges will evaluate each space and choose one contestant to be eliminated from the show (that’s right – PSE will be filming each challenge and creating a series of “webisodes” to be released online). The homeowner who makes it to the end will win $5,000 plus the prizes they’ve picked up in the previous challenges (thanks to sponsors like GE and Electrolux).

If you are a Washington State PSE customer and want to enter, better get on it – the deadline for entries is next Wednesday (10/31)! To enter, upload a photo or video of your home and explain why you’re excited to combine great design with energy efficiency.

I’ll be blogging about each of the five challenges (bathroom, office or garage, living room, laundry room, and kitchen) right here on chezerbey, so look for that next Spring. But for now – it’s all about selecting the right contestants. So go enter for you chance to win awesome prizes, cold hard cash and TV stardom. (Bonus – if you enter by next Monday, you’ll have a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant!)

[Note: PSE is compensating me for my time with the challenge but they're not telling me what to say. I'm just an architect who loves a little friendly competition, especially when it involves improving the way someone lives in their home.]


 

 

 
 
 

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