Net zero homes produce as much energy as they consume, through renewable energy sources. One of the best ways to reduce the overall demand for energy is to make geothermal heating and cooling a part of the home.
When Norbert and Robin were designing their retirement dream home in southeastern New Hampshire, they were inspired by the concept of dynamic energy efficiency. Four energy-efficient systems were used to ensure comfort throughout the year while promoting indoor air quality.
Early in our quest to build an eco-friendly home we said this new house, and the property surrounding it, would be a balance. We want to build in such a way that the structure and the people living in it have as little environmental impact as possible.
Welcome to a new blog here on Proud Green Home! I’m Dave Sweet, and I invite you to read along, contribute, and learn along with my wife and me as we design and build an eco-friendly home that achieves a balance between low environmental impact and genuine comfort and ease of living.
NextHome is a functional demo house in Detroit, Michigan. It is part smart home, part distributed generation and part direct current (DC) that operates as a “living lab” within NextEnergy’s testing and validation platforms.