The Top Score
Zero Energy Home
A high-performance house with a renewable energy system.
When a house produces as much clean energy as it consumes, it has
zero net consumption, no energy bills and zero emissions.
Homeowners can achieve zero energy by investing in improvements that payback fast with rebates, tax credits, energy savings, electricity sales to the utility and a higher home value.
- Air Sealing
- Duct Sealing
- Windows & Doors
- Advanced Materials
20-50% Energy Savings.
- Air Conditioning
- Water Heating
Agile Electric Systems.
- Net Metering
- Smart Thermostats
- Lighting & LEDs
- Plug Load Efficiency
- Automation & Interactivity
New and Intelligent.
- Solar PV
- Solar Hot Water
- Car Charging
- Energy Storage
Your Clean Power.
How It Works
A path to zero starts with a fact-based rating to learn about your home and identify opportunities to save and generate energy.
ConsultationSchedule a Home Energy Score rating. A trained assessor will visit your home, collect the data in 1 hour and provide an unbiased Department of Energy report on your home's efficiency with recommendations.
SelectionQualified, independent professionals will provide privacy-protected quotes from the Greenjobs marketplace. Select home energy investments that payback in 2 to 10 years and increase your comfort.
ActionAward the project to a contractor or solar installer, and schedule a work date. Most jobs can be completed in a day or two. Once finished, track your energy conservation and net savings. Enjoy living in a better home.
"Now that we've lived in a zero energy home,
we couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
It's so quiet and comfortable. We love our new home."
New Town Homeowner
"Zero energy ready homes are the future of U.S. housing.
They provide a vastly superior experience at a lower ownership cost.
It's an experience that all Americans will want."
Chief Architect for U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office
"In our old house, our heating was oil and pellets.
We paid $1,500 a year for oil, $1,000 for pellets, and electricity was $2,400 a year.
I don’t have any of those bills now. Last year, I got a check from the utility for $700."
Can any home become a zero energy home?Every house is different, but nearly all can be significantly more energy efficient (20% and up). The ENERGY STAR popup shows the easiest solutions. High levels of performance require professional work to be done, and the size, slope and shading of roofs determine the solar capacity. An energy assessment can identify whether a path to zero exists for your home.
Does saving energy matter financially?American households typically spend $2,000 per year on home energy bills. The total projected cost over 30 years with inflation is more than $90,000 that could be reduced to zero.
Get The Home Energy Score
Are energy efficiency improvements good investments?Yes. The Home Energy Score was designed by the Berkeley Lab and uses building science energy modeling to pinpoint specific changes that will yield savings. The returns can be enhanced by incentives, tax rebates and financing that make improvements attractive investments with immediately lower cash costs, short payback periods and higher home values.
Does anyone else have a zero energy home?Yes. The Department of Energy offers the Tour of Zero, an online tour of completed Zero Energy Ready Homes across the country, in all climate geographies.
Any Questions? Ask Them Here
The old carbon-based energy system is driving climate change to an irreversible "danger zone" and it's time for clean energy. In the 21st century, all emissions that can go to zero, must go to zero.
About GreenbancGreenbanc is the leading provider of Home Energy Scores in Vermont. Greenbanc also provides a marketplace platform called Greenjobs that connects homeowners with qualified contractors. Homeowners benefit from an easier process to upgrade to a better home at a lower cost, and marketplace partners receive green jobs and financing opportunities. Greenbanc is a Certified B Corporation and its mission is to accelerate the transition to sustainable homes free from energy bills and emissions.
PartnersU.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont
Home Inspectors, Energy Raters, Qualified Contractors, Solar Installers, Architects, Innovation Providers, Credit Unions and Banks.
Please contact us regarding partnership and jobs. Membership on the Greenjobs platform is open to all qualified professionals.