Net Zero Energy
Energy costs represent roughly a third of overall housing costs, and are bound to increase in the future.
A 75% reduction in energy costs represents 25-33% reduction in overall housing costs. The good news is that major savings are possible, easily.
Net Zero Energy homes use compact design, extra-high insulation levels, efficient lighting and appliances, passive solar, wood heat, solar hot water, and solar electric photovoltaic (PV) panels to bring their net energy requirements as close to zero as possible.
Any homes NeahCasa builds will be as close to Net-Zero-Energy as possible by:
- Refining proven NZE prototypes in the region both with new homes and by renovating older ones.
- Evolving application of tax-credit financing of renewable and efficiency elements in non-profit applications such as is being done by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (see below).