For those who long for a carbon-neutral life, the Zero Home is a dream come true.
Efficient is better than not efficient. More efficiency is better than less. In case you’re wondering, there is a light at the end of this tunnel, and I’m pretty sure it looks like theZero Home. This single-family smart home is the very first to be certified as net-zeroenergy-efficient in Climate Zone 5, which means every single drop of energy consumed by the home is generated onsite via renewable source, despite the fact that it’s located in one of the coldest parts of the U.S.
... Designed through a collaboration of two Utah companies, the 4,300 sq. foot home proves that you can indeed have a modern, spacious home without any net consumption of fossil fuel-based energy.
Unsurprisingly, solar was a big part of the reason the Zero Home was able to achieve a net-zero rating AND a zero on the Home Efficiency Rating System (HERS).
“Vivint Solar provides a 10.29 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system, which decreases the Zero Home’s HERS rating from approximately a 28 to a 5,” explain the designers on the Zero Home website. “It also uses the newest microinverter technology to provide maximum production for the home—even in less than optimal weather conditions.”