WHAT IS A SOLAR-POWERED ZERO ENERGY HOME

 

IMAGINE A HOME THAT IS NOT ONLY ENERGY EFFICIENT, BUT ALSO PRODUCES ITS OWN POWER.  JUST LIKE A TYPICAL HOME, A ZERO ENERGY HOME (ZEH) IS CONNECTED TO, AND USES THE ENERGY FROM THE UTILITY GRID.  BUT UNLIKE CONVENTIONAL HOMES, AT TIMES THE ZEH GENERATES MORE POWER THAN IT USES AND THE EXCESS IS SENT BACK TO THE UTILITY COMPANY SPINNING THE ELECTRIC METER BACKWARDS.  OVER A YEAR’S TIME THESE HOMES ACHIEVE CLOSE TO ZERO ENERGY CONSUMPTION.

THIS IS ACHIEVED BY USING RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS OR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS IN COMBINATION WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART AND ENERGY EFFICIENT CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES (SUCH AS INSULATED WINDOWS, HIGH ENERGY EFFICIENT HEAT-PUMPS, R-38 INSULATION ETC.)  THE PV PANELS TURN THE SUN’S RAY INTO AC POWER THROUGH AN INVERTER PLACED IN THE GARAGE.  WHEN IT IS UNABLE TO PULL ENERGY FROM THE SOLAR PANELS, THE HOME WILL DRAW ITS ELECTRICITY FROM THE GRID.

THE ZERO ENERGY HOMES WILL ALSO BE RATED TO 160 MPH (CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE).  THESES HOMES ARE DESIGNED TO PERFORM WELL, BE COMFORTABLE, REQUIRE ONLY STANDARD MAINTENANCE, AND LOOK NO DIFFERENT FROM AN ORDINARY HOME.  THEY USE FLORIDA’S MOST ABUNANT RESOURCE, SUNSHINE TO GENERATE ITS ENERGY.