Have you heard of a passive house? Well until today I hadn't either until I read this article. Passive House
I think we all are more conscious of how we use electricity, water and how we recycle which can only be a good thing.
The one big hurdle to the new technology is cost. We are all uncertain on how much we will really save if we install all the energy saving ideas.
In saying that I still think we have a way to go before we really address the design and energy use of our homes. That is why the Gorenje range of applainces are so good as they meet the European Energy rating of A+ which is excellent.
Check out this article on Passive Houses and let us know what you think.