What if your home was so efficient that it produced as much energy as it used? What if you never had to pay another electricity bill? Green dreams like this are coming true all over the world. Whether you’re building or remodeling, a net zero energy home is well within your grasp. And, we really want you to have one.
Buildings are tremendous users of electricity, accounting for more than 70% of electricity use in the U.S. If we can get to net zero, we can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change. So, we’ve assembled tons of resources to try to make it as easy as possible for every homeowner (or soon-to-be) to take the necessary steps to create an ultra-efficient home (without sacrificing beauty, comfort, or your bank account).
STEP 1: Scroll through this page to find the best place for you to start.
(Really, take 30 seconds to scroll through the whole page before clicking. We want to make your journey as efficient and effective as possible and that means finding the right place to dive in.)
Net Zero Homes 101
A simple calculation shows how you can have a zero energy home for the same price as a conventional one, and keep the monthly savings in your pocket. Here’s how it worked for Bruce.
To achieve zero energy, designers and builders everywhere are employing an array of design concepts, product choices, and financing approaches. Because there are so many ideas, it seems appropriate to offer a quick rundown of the most cost-effective measures for getting to zero energy.
There are many types of green home certifications and it can get overwhelming trying to understand the differences. Here’s an easy to comprehend breakdown of three of the most well-known standards to help guide your journey.
“Zero energy homes are just like any home—except better.” They are airtight, well-insulated, and extremely energy efficient homes that produce as much energy as they use, over the course of a year. Listen and learn!
The interest in net-zero energy homes is skyrocketing, and it’s no surprise — the annual costs of a net-zero home are extremely low (among other things). Here’s a great, simple visualization of what it means in action.
Did you know that most people will spend twice as much on energy for their house and car over the life of a thirty-year mortgage as they spend on the initial purchase of their house? A net zero energy home eliminates your utility bill by generating as much energy as...
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The beautiful thing about high performance, green, net zero homes is that families can drastically reduce their carbon footprint with one simple decision without having to make any sacrifices. Living in this kind of home is not only better for the earth but also provides a more comfortable living experience and higher quality of life for its inhabitants.
Generate your own, buy it, or do a little of both. Any way you go, go with renewables. Learn how.
Want to peruse the pages of a book? These are filled with gorgeous green homes and priceless advice. View books.
You’ve probably read thousands of energy efficiency tips, these are the ones that really matter. Learn more.
Prefer to learn by watching? Here are videos for net-zero beginners, advanced, and everything in between. See videos.
Rebates, Grants & More
Find national, state, and local financial incentives for making the net zero energy home leap. Learn more.
Get into the nitty-gritty details of net-zero energy homes with these in-depth studies of their inner workings. Learn more.
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Even though net-zero energy home building and renovation is still relatively new to the landscape, there are many pros out there ready to help you. If you’re looking for hands-on help in your neighborhood, here’s a directory of pros – architects, builders, HVAC, and more. Hiring pros familiar with the ins and outs of net-zero will save you the headaches of trying to get someone up to speed, and the time and money non-experts will burn through.
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