The Sustainable Design Center

Bio-regionally Appropriate Architecture Collaboration and Planning for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

Robinson Addition & Rooftop Garden

” Even though we’ve added over a 1000 s.f. to the home, our utility bills have stayed the same. We liked the new Guest bedroom so much we moved into it, and we love the rooftop Garden.” […]

DeWitt County Homestead

The electric bill for the new 4200 S.F. home from 4-25-11thru 5-25-11-which includes the water pump as well-was $142.00. This breaks down as follows:

Service available charge – $15.00
Delivery charge $35.88
Gen. & Tran. Charge $91.12

I guess the Gen.& Tran. Charge is the REAL electricity. During the winter months, I can’t recall that we had to put the system on. The house was comfortable. The verandas are a great help since the summer sun hardly ever touches the windows

The temps have been in high 90s to 104 F with no rain. So we are in a real heat wave and have been for the last month or so. I don’t know what the electric bill SHOULD be, but we are not complaining about the cost at this point. Most folks with older houses are paying $400/month. […]

Small Residence

5-24-10 The house is a custom-designed 5-star rated luxury home (highest rating by Austin Energy). If you have any doubts on whether this green building stuff really works; our 5-2010 electricity bill was $5.43. Many of you have been to our house, but for those who have not, it’s a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with 2415 sq ft, plus the art studio above the garage, another 555 square feet 7-15-10 Hey Ben, it’s Tom Small . I thought I’d let you know, if you ever think good architecture and good design isn’t worth something, we have 2 couples having a bidding war on the house, which of course, is unheard of in this economy. They have managed to bump each other up $35,000.00 so far, which is considerable over the asking price and, you just never know, sometimes you get lucky, so Thank You Ben.           […]