The radiant floor heating system takes from 1 to 3 hours to heat the house if the heat has been turned off, depending on the outside temperature. Programmable thermostats advantageously allow building occupants to anticipate heating needs. To save energy, the Scott’s program their thermostat to maintain a lower temperature at night and turn back on about an hour before they need to get up. The benefits over a forced air system are that it is quiet, comfortable, more energy efficient, and stirs up no dust and dirt.
Alan and Ana chose resource efficient appliances when replacing their old washing machine and dishwasher. They also purchase 150% of their energy from renewable energy sources by participating in the PGE Green Source Program. The Scott’s purchase an "extra" 100 kWh block to offset the non-renewable natural gas that they use and the small premium that they pay supports zero emission renewable energy projects such as wind and solar.