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What is a Net-Zero home? And how do you get one?

Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd


What is a Net-Zero home?

A Net-Zero home consumes no energy, meaning it is entirely self-sufficient. These homes can also sell energy back to the power company, if they end up creating more energy than they need.

How do you get a Net-Zero home?

There are many construction companies advertising their Net-Zero homes. But these homes are usually really expensive. And the materials and labor used to build these homes completely negate their energy efficiency.

You aren’t saving the world when you create more waste.

The best way to save both money and the environment is to make your existing property as close to net-zero as possible. And before you go buying solar panels and wind turbines, you should start with the most important part of home energy efficiency: insulation.

A properly insulated home will consume less energy and cost you significantly less money to heat and cool. Insulation is not as glamorous as a roof full of solar panels, but it’s the first step toward a net-zero property.

 

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About the author
Gwen Hurd, Marketing Assistant, earned her BA in English from UMass Amherst and her MA in Communication from SNHU. Gwen found herself excited about all things house & home when she invested in a 260 year old NH farmhouse.

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