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New Franklin home displaying green energy

10/3/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown is a New Franklin home participating in the Green Energy Ohio Tour today, Oct. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. and tomorrow, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Mark Sedlak
NEW FRANKLIN — A New Franklin home is touting the benefits of green energy by participating in the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) Tour.

The event, Oct. 4-6, offers free open house tours of businesses, universities, public buildings, homes and parks that feature alternative energy systems.

GEO is a nonprofit renewable energy advocate, with GEO officials using the tour and other activities to raise public awareness of alternative energy technologies, as well as green building/living opportunities.

GEOs 11th annual fall tour includes more than 200 open house events at more than 100 tour sites in the state that feature solar, wind, energy efficiency and related technologies, according to tour officials. Local participating sites include a home at 5497 Grove Road in New Franklin, which will be open to the public today, Oct. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. and tomorrow, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to homeowner Mark Sedlak, the four-year-old, 2,600-square-foot house uses photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal technology. Sedlak, a design engineer, said he and his wife designed the house, which was built by Danmark Construction.

“Our home is a fusion of classic Craftsman bungalow style and super-insulated, tightly sealed passive solar energy design,” said Sedlak.

Sedlak said the home incorporates insulation factors of R-22 for the ICF foundation, R-38 for the first floor and R-50 for the roof. It has a stepped subfloor supporting Gyp-Crete for thermal mass; energy-efficient windows, doors and appliances; all fluorescent lighting; a 98 percent efficiency gas furnace and power-vent hot water heater; as well as a solar thermal swimming pool heating system, a rain barrel for garden watering and a permeable crushed stone driveway.

The home uses a 75,000 British thermal unit solar thermal system for domestic hot water, and the PV-powered detached garage with 12 VDC (volts direct current) lighting is a working test-bed for future PV use in the house, according to Sedlak.

He added he used federal tax credits to help fund the use of green energy in the $361,000 home, and estimates utility savings at $1,200 to $1,500 per year, not including solar thermal use.

Other local sites on the GEO Tour include the Peterson home at 221 N. Hayden Parkway in Hudson; the Akron Zoo and METRO Regional Transit Authority, both in Akron; and Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath. To register for those visits, call 330-375-2550, ext. 7310.

The GEO Tour is part of the National Solar Tour of the American Solar Energy Society. For more information about the tour, visit www.greenenergyohio.org.


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