Net-Zero Homes : Green way of Housing
by davidnormand on November 2, 2017 - 3:01pm
Net zero homes are custom made homes that produce as much energy as they consume, or even more, on an annual basis. It is an intelligent design that combines different renewable energy producers, as geothermal, solar, wind, hydro, etc. Using the adequate combination of theses, based on your house emplacement and needs, and other new technologies allows the house to be auto-suffisent. They are a lot of other designs that can help like better insulation, proper windows arrangements, high efficient appliances, low consuming lights, walls with higher R-value, ect. Net-zero homes are as comfortable and beautiful as traditional homes and their cost is beginning to drop. The could actually become as affordable as traditional homes before long. For example, a house that would normally cost $361 000, would cost $397 000 if it was a net-zero home. Then, you don’t need to pay for the electricity and the gas, so along with saving the environment, you actually save a lot of money. Depending on where you live, you could save around $1200 to $2000 a year, more or less, depending on your local electricity and gas price. The consequences of net-zero homes are numerous : stop climate change, lower your cost of home ownership, having a house that will last longer, enjoy peace and quiet environment (due to high insulated walls), better health (due to wall made without toxines and chemicals), protection against possible increase in energy cost, higher resale values and a lot of others. According to some statistics made by HydroQuébec, air-conditioning costs, for a time of 3 month, $61.06, a refrigerator costs around $47,50 a year, having a heated pool costs $530,70 for a summer. All those costs along with others ends up tacking a lot of money from your bank account, but having a net-zero home let that money stay there. Energuide, a program made by the Canadian government, consider that having a mark above 86 makes your home a net-zero home.