Zero Net Energy Houses: Don't Be in the Dark

What do Norway's Zeb Pilot House, Evergreen's Moore House, and a straw bale house in Taos have in common? They are all "zero net energy" (ZNE) homes, meaning the energy they consume is equal to or less than the energy they produce. Our nation's traditional buildings are currently using about 40% of the total fossil fuel energy, and the zero net energy movement seeks to address climate change and save energy, with consumers taking advantage of long-term savings.

To achieve ZNE, features such as double insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, and tankless water heaters are used in construction.

Although new homes can be built to ZNE specifications for about the same cost as a traditional home, it's still impractical for most of us, and in fact there are a surprisingly low number of such dwellings available.

There are, however, things you can do to conserve energy in your home, and DPL has the resources to help with this daunting task.

For inspiration, check out the coffee-table book Prefabulous World: Energy Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe by Sheri Koones, which showcases elegant examples of sustainable home design from around the globe.&

For actual step-by-step tips and advice, try:

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Written by Lisa on November 16, 2017

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SuzanneK on November 21, 2017

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Love your posts, Lisa! Interesting topics with great information!

SuzanneK on November 21, 2017

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Love your posts, Lisa! Interesting topics with great information!

Martin Holladay on November 28, 2017

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Thanks for mentioning my book. You might want to correct a typo -- my last name is misspelled. I appreciate being included in your list of books.

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Thanks for your comment, Martin.  The typo is now fixed.  

Leigh on November 29, 2017

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Great & timely blog post, Lisa--with the construction boom happening in Denver & throughout Colorado, I wish every new building would be ZNE--maybe we'll start to see something along these lines with the passage of the Green Roofs initiative :-)

GenineP on December 2, 2017

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Thanks for sharing these great energy-saving tips, Lisa!

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