You’ve made the decision to build an energy efficient home, why not take it to the next level and build a Net-Zero Energy home?
A net- zero energy home produces as much renewable energy as it uses annually. This will help you achieve a net- zero energy cost. This happens when the utility company is paying the home owner for the renewable energy the home exports to the grid. A net zero energy home is actually producing just as much energy as it consumes. Another benefit of having a net-zero energy home is having net-zero Energy Emissions. The home produces enough emissions-free renewable energy to offset emissions from all energy used in the home annually.
Net-Zero energy consumption is typically done through the use of solar panels. Solar panels will allow you to take and store energy from the sun. For example; during the summer months when the sun rays are the strongest, your solar panels will be gathering and producing energy. Through out this process, you are feeding the energy you produce and don’t use back to the grid. Which means you are essentially building a credit with the power company. Then when you do need to use more energy, like in the winter months, you won’t pay anything since you already have that credit built up.
The US Department of Energy hopes to have a national standard of net-zero building by 2030. That will put the U.S far behind countries such as Canada which have started implementing energy efficiency standards for home builders two years ago. Canada’s “Path to Net Zero” project outlines how they want to achieve an energy efficiency standard in every house hold.
That is not to say the U.S has made no progress. . However, in order to make a significant difference we need to start implementing these building practices now in order to help preserve our environment and resources. Here are some links to home owners and businesses that are turning to net-zero energy