The environment is a growing concern. One way that everyone can help protect the environment is to use less energy. Zero energy is a term that describes homes that are so energy efficient, they produce as much energy as they use,…. thus accomplishing zero net energy usage. Here’s a brief look at ways of creating zero energy single family homes.
Producing More Energy Than Is Used
Normally, the first question we encounter is,… how can a home produce energy. One obvious way is through solar panels. Solar panels allow you to harness energy for your own use while also selling any excess back to the power company. However, achieving net zero goes beyond simply installing solar panels. Adding them to just any home won’t be enough to achieve net zero. A home that uses a lot of energy will likely use more electricity than what solar panels are able to generate. Thus, it can’t achieve net zero.
Net Zero Building & Design Concepts
Creating zero energy single family homes requires good home construction and appliance selection. A home needing less energy to heat, cool, and operate is more likely to have energy left over. How can you achieve this?
- Thicker Walls
- Better Insulation
- Thermal Windows
- Eliminating Air Leaks
- Installing Energy Efficient Appliances
- Using LED Light Bulbs
- Selecting Systems that Rely on Electricity Rather Than Fossil Fuels
Zero Energy Single Family Homes thru Renovation
Although it’s easier to create net zero homes starting from initial construction, a home renovation is also an opportunity to make improvements towards that goal. Talk to your home renovation company about ways to incorporate green and efficient home building. In addition to helping the environment, you’ll also save money. It’s really a win-win!