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My husband and I live in the CyanPDX, a new building (so new that a large portion of it is still under construction) that attracted us with the proposition of green, community-minded living. Since relocating from a third-floor apartment in a century-old Victorian home, we definitely realize how much energy we used to require because of the age of the house. The old place was adorable, but also incredibly drafty in the winter and blazing hot in the summertime. To compensate for the lack of temperature control we would run the gas furnace (which was at least 50 years old) so hard to get to 65ºF our bill would triple in the chilly months, and in the hotter months fans ran around the clock to keep us from melting. Since moving to the CyanPDX we notice a more normalized temperature thanks to the double concrete walls and double-paned glass. In fact, we have central A/C but have yet to use it (doubt we will at all, actually). The CyanPDX also provides amazingly efficient washer/dryer combos, and all the appliances (refridgerator, dishwasher, oven) are smaller than normal. We stock less food, run fuller loads of dishes and laundry, and the oven preheats at lightening speed. We are also excited that rain water will be used for upkeep of the landscaping, and non-fossil fuel community grills (in fact, we don't have to worry about a gas bill at all anymore) are being built in the courtyard. Once the building is finished, they anticipate LEED Gold certification. You can check them out here: http://www.cyanpdx.com We love it!
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