I requested a house on one floor (but with a basement) with accessibility features which seemed prudent, and which will be very welcome since my father broke his hip only a few weeks after the start of construction and now uses a walker. I have wanted to explore solar heat since the ice storm during my childhood when our house was without electricity for three days, and we cooked over the fireplace, but during the sunny days with highs of 20º F we
could let the fire die down to coals because the sun warmed the south facing rooms enough to take our sweaters off.
After growing up where the electricity went off several times a year, however, I don't want to rely on any single form of heat; I
want backups of the backups. So there is radiant heat in the floors,
under the concrete (it's so pretty I wished there were such a thing as clear concrete)
which soaks up the heat from the coils as well as from the sun when there is sun.
But for when we have a power outage (I don't say if) I put in two wood stoves.
One in the living room, and one in the kitchen with a heating plate in the top!
So, off to the help pages now to find out why I can't copy and paste anything and why my images don't appear where the cursor is, and things like that.