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Zero-Energy Home

Definition: Zero-Energy Home

A zero-energy home is a house designed to generate as much energy as it typically uses. This energy is generated through renewable sources such as wind and solar power, and is used for functions such as lighting, appliances, heating, and cooling. Other renewable sources a zero-energy home may use solar thermal, geothermal, wind, and biomass energy systems. Zero-energy homes also typically are highly insulated and designed to be extremely energy efficient, even before taking into account their renewable energy sources. Learn more about Tucson's zero energy here.
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JeannieGrrl JeannieGrrl 8 years
A great idea but this example looks a bit like an army base from the dark ages...
Jepa Jepa 8 years
It said in the local newspaper that even here (in Finland!) we get enough sun to make solar panels a worthwhile investment. I read somewhere that in the UK they pay almost 70% more for heating and electricity than we do here up north. It’s all down to the difference in construction methods. In Finland all windows are either double or triple gazed and insulation is one of the key parts in construction.
JaeB JaeB 8 years
This would so work where I live in NorCal, excellently. In fact, the school across the street from me has a field of solar panels to supply their energy. We could definitely use wind power, too; it gets very windy in our valley. Mary Poppins windy.
ualili ualili 8 years
As a native Tucsonan, I think it's great that individuals/business in my community are making these kind of strides to reduce energy and make the use of renewable energy available in residential homes. We get about 350 days of sun a year so it only makes sense that we make good use of all the energy that nature offers. Now if I only had the resources available to make these sort of implementations in my home...
macgirl macgirl 8 years
My electricity bill this last month was $4.56- that's all taxes. I am interested in seeing how much we produce from the solar panels this winter. It is by no means cheap to add to the house (I think it added $25,000 during construction). It makes you think though. Now I'm trying to find a way to use the electricity we are making, maybe an electric car eventually? We are at the beach so supplementing with wind power at some point is feasible as well.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Really cool but probably only feasible for certain parts of the county/world...like Tucson.
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 8 years
A very cool idea but I wonder how much all this eco stuff adds to the initial cost of the house?
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