Net Zero Energy Homes Do Not Have To Be A Compromise By Consumers.
Retrofitting an existing home to become more energy efficient is a great way to quickly save money. Energy management plus energy efficient measures such as shutoff and temperature management easily start to reduce a homes energy consumption.
Next on the journey to a energy efficient home in a existing building could be changing your hvac system and moving to led lighting. Once you have made the building as energy efficient as you can afford, you can start to look at solar pv, solar heating or geothermal systems.
With a brand new home, it is becoming easier and more cost effective to not only be energy efficient but to actually use the equivalent of zero energy throughout the year. It is an easy next step if the location allows it to produce more energy than the home needs, sell it back to the grid and become energy positive!
In the US, researchers are working to understand and develop strategies and technologies to make homes net zero energy ready. These homes have all of the ammenities that homeowners demand in a regular home. In fact they have even more features.
The future of Net Zero Energy Homes In The US.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s newest laboratory, the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF), is designed to demonstrate that a typical looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year.
The two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath NZERTF looks and behaves like a house, while incorporating energy efficient construction and appliances as well as energy generating technologies such as solar water heating, higher-than-standard levels of insulation and solar photovoltaic systems.
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.