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Kosmer

While Others Dream, Kosmers Have Lived Energy-Efficiently For Decade

While Others Dream,

Kosmers Have Lived

Energy-Efficiently For Decade

Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.life – A shaft in the Kosmers’ passive solar home in Fly Creek allows air warmed by sunlight and a wood stove to rise into the attic. Fans then draw warm air into a channel-filled concrete slab. During the day, the slab warms; at night, it releases heat. The couple reports a divergence of only 3 degrees inside the home. At right, the house faces south from a Fly Creek area hilltop.

By JIM KEVLIN

FLY CREEK – To many, it’s a dream: a home heated by renewables.
But John Kosmer and wife Linda have been living that dream for a decade and, if not pinching themselves, are still dreamily in love with the be-windowed and expansive – and, above all, cozy – south-facing house on a hilltop outside the Fly Creek hamlet.

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