Sweeney - Rains Home
John Rains and Sheila Sweeney - 1559 Fairmount Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
There is a lot to see in this Macalester neighborhood home of St. Paul.
The single family home splits its 11 kW solar electric PV array between the house and garage roofs. The array is grid-tied and was installed in 2011. It helps power a closed, vertical loop ground-sourced heating system that went in in 2009.
The family has also made the home more energy efficient with additional insulation, new windows, a tankless water heater, low-flow toilets, and energy star appliances.
They also capture their rainwater, do backyard composting, organics composting, and have an organic garden.