All of the homes represented on this website are Zero Energy Homes. The solar panels capture enough energy to offset the consumption of the homes. The homeowners, under normal conditions, do not pay energy bills.
Every home is unique, and the amount of work required to achieve zero varies a lot. Greenbanc does not claim or guarantee that the improvements recommended by the Home Energy Score and the addition of solar panels will be sufficient to eliminate energy bills. Retrofits to achieve the highest levels of efficiency often require a gut renovation which is beyond the scope of work covered by the Home Energy Score. Additionally, with net metering, utilities often charge fees solely for connection to the grid, even if the energy used is zero. So, please note that no energy bills does not mean no utility bills.
Zero Energy Homes have the opportunity to use energy storage to go completely off-the-grid and independent, a possibility we believe will be increasingly attractive as battery prices decrease and electricity rates increase.
Greenbanc agrees with the DOE that Zero Energy Homes are the future of U.S. housing. They are better for homeowners and crucial to decarbonize our energy system. More new homes will be built to be Zero Energy Ready and older homes will be remodeled to be as close as they can be to Zero Energy Homes.
For homes that do not have sufficient roof space for solar, homeowners can participate in community installations (where available) and receive net metering credits to reach zero net energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint to zero.