Mike and Linda Gallagher - 47399 Anchor Ave, Stanchfield, MN
In Chisago county at the northern reaches of the 11 county metro area, Peacefield farm is a 32 acre site with woods, prairie, and a small creek running through the property. Built in 2015, the house has an Energy Star Certification, rated a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) of 7, and was recently featured in Home Power Magazine. The walls are R-40, ceiling R-70, and triple pane tilt and turn windows were installed.
The home hosts a 10 kW ground-mounted and grid-tied solar PV array which produces 150% of the family needs, enough to power a future electric vehicle.
Passive solar design features contribute to heating, along with a Zehader air-to-air heat pump, cooling from air-sourced heat pumps, and a masonry wood stove heater.
The home has low flow toilets, an organic garden, and they sometimes cook with a solar oven.
Home designer is Philipp Gross. Solar PV installation by Powerfully Green.