What is Home Energy Independence?
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.
Green and Clean – A Zero Energy Home.
Homeowners can achieve zero energy by investing in performance 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.
Free Local Energy
- 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. Our marketplace for pros lowers costs and is free for homeowners.
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 helps homeowners invest in energy efficiency and renewables with a marketplace platform. Improvements in energy efficiency are triple wins that increase comfort, save money and reduce emissions. The addition of solar panels provides homes with the ability to generate all of the electricity they need from a clean and free source. Greenbanc provides a marketplace called Greenjobs where contractors and solar installers browse and bid on homeowners’ projects. Homeowners benefit from an easier process to upgrade to a better home at a lower cost. Our partners receive green jobs and financing opportunities. Greenbanc's mission is to accelerate sustainable prosperity with homes free from energy bills and emissions.
Our 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.