This iconic yet ecofriendly cottage snuggles up to winter with a classic look and green-living efficiency.
Are you dreaming of an ecofriendly Christmas?
Bringing the components of sustainable living to classic cottage style, builder Rocky DiGiacomo of DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation has created wow factor with his expert design and use of alternative energy sources.
While this home has the traditional cottage shape, DiGiacomo made use of every square inch. The dormer windows, with their charming window boxes, create a cozy look, while the front porch gives passersby a glimpse into the inviting space within. Every element of the home helps create the perfect silhouette of a holiday cottage, while also conserving energy and maintaining a smaller environmental footprint.
At first you may worry that solar panels, geothermal heating and special appliances may conflict with the quaint cottage aesthetic, but DiGiacomo integrated the energy-saving innovations in subtle, creative ways. Invisible from the curbside, solar panels are in line with the roof near the backyard, while geothermal tech is inside the walls.
The only sign of the alternative temperature system is a simple thermostat, while the homeowners make use of energy-conscious devices and appliances inside. This home averages $45 per month in utility bills throughout the year, a great example of how adding alternative energy sources could save you money in your cottage.
Atmosphere is everything during the holidays, and nothing feels more like the winter season than string lights reflecting off freshly fallen snow. Multiple windows help frame the home. As you come closer, you see light spilling onto the snow-covered ground from festivities inside and bringing warmth to the neighborhood. This cottage paints a quaint holiday picture, with the added benefit of being energy efficient throughout the festivities.