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Energy Use Monitioring

This is what we need to do to monitor our power use.

Monitoring Hardware

Whole House

Outlet Devices

  • [Kill-a-Watt]
    P3 International - New York, NY
  • [Watt's Up?]
    PC interface and logging capability
    Electronic Educational Devices, Inc. - Denver, Colorado

Cool Product Sites

(building supplies and other products such as fabrics and cleaning supplies)

(Green Building Source)

(home building products)

Home Design Ideas



Notes from "Green Remodeling":
-kentucky bluegrass-conventional grass planted, need lots of water and chemicals to thrive in our area
-"xeriscaping": landscaping that minimizes water demand -->proper soil prep, drought-tolerant plants, rainwater harvesting, mulching-costs half as much as standard landscaped yards
(landscaping for energy conservation)

Wind Landscaping

-might be a concern for us because we are working with an older and leakier house
-could reduce our energy use by 10-40 percent, depending on how windy it is in our area and how much draft gets in
-most effective windbreaks are trees or shrubs with low crowns and dense foliage
-where to place them?
-page 180 in "Green Remodeling" has placement of trees around hypothetical house
-evergreens for wind, deciduous for sun
-we want the evergreen upwind from house.-rows of trees, one or more
-the optimum distance for reducing wind velocity is about one to three times tree height

Solar Landscaping

Notes from "Green Remodeling":
-trees can assist in cooling by the shade they produce and by the process of evapotranspiration
-deciduous trees on east and west sides of the house, only in areas that are more than 60 degrees e or w of due south from the house
-don't place on south side where winter sun will be blocked from providing energy (even bare branches can block a lot of sunlight)
(website with info. about landscaping)
(information about tree placement)
(Bob Vila's own website on how to use plants for sun control!)

-what is our "solar window"? how much sunlight do we get per day based on our placement?
-we need to think about how much space we have above and below ground for the vegetation to grow--tree roots can be very wide spread
-vines on an arbor is another idea that could be cool
-solar screens

Native Plants

Gardening With Native Plants
(lists of native plants of all sorts, also has potential resources) (lists of suppliers and information about landscaping with native plants)

Local Native Plant Suppliers

Dean Hill, ASLA
9677 Amber Glow Court
Fishers, IN 46038
Tel. 317-577-1360
(Registered Landscape Architect; services include residential / commercial landscape architecture design and habitat restoration)

C. M. Hobbs & Sons, Inc.
P.O. Box 31227
Indianapolis, IN 46321-0227
Tel. 317-247-4478
Fax: 317-241-9253
(Percentage of product that is native plant material: 15%
Product includes trees& shrubs; catalog available)

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
1200 W. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Tel. 317-920-2652
Fax: 317-920-2672
(retail nursery; native and non-native plants available; many native species may be viewed growing on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art)

Mark M. Holeman, Inc.
7871 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Tel. 317-849-3120
Fax: 317-578-0439
(Percentage of product that is native plant material: 20%
retail nursery; product includes prairie, woodland, wetland plants, native grasses, trees & shrubs;services include residential and commercial landscape design)

Marvin's Organic Gardens
Main Office: 3989 US Route 42
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Fax: 513-398-6015
Garden Center: 2055 US Route 42
Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: 513-932-3319
(Marvin's Organic Gardens is a full service nursery, landscape design company and garden center located 25 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, in Lebanon, Ohio. Organic, natural and safe gardening practices are the heart of our company. Our goal is to provide plant material that is garden worthy, tough and durable, and not over-used. High percentage of native plant material with some plants available that are not available elsewhere.)

Mary's Plant Farm
2410 Lanes Mill Road
Hamilton, OH 45013-9181
Tel. 513-894-0022
Fax: 513-892-2053
(Percentage of product that is native plant material: 80%
retail nursery; product includes prairie, woodland, wetland plants, native grasses, trees & shrubs; mail order catalog available)

Spence Restoration Nursery
2220 E. Fuson Road
P.O. Box 546
Muncie IN 47308
Tel. 765-286-7154
Fax: 765-286-0264
(Percentage of product that is native plant material: 100%
wholesale / retail nursery; product includes prairie, woodland, wetland plants and native grasses; floral inventories, retention basin / pond planting and design)

Springbrook Farms
7300 W. 88th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Tel. 317-873-4300
Fax: 317-873-4596
(woodland perennial gardens; some native species)

Water Resources Design Inc.
551 Teton Trail
Indianapolis, IN 46217
Phone: 317-786-7529

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