Homes that Produce More Energy than they Consume ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted a year-long experiment to prove it could build a modern, spacious house that would create as much energy as it uses. This is known as a Net Zero Energy home.
This “net-zero” house was home to a virtual family that consumed as much energy as an average American family of four. Thanks to the house’s energy efficient construction and appliances, and solar panels for producing electricity and hot water, the house made more energy than the family used.
The house will serve as a testbed for new energy efficient technologies for decades to come.
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.