Earth Techling and Fine Homebuilding Magazine just published some interesting articles about our house that highlighted the relatively low cost-per-square foot price tag. It’s great to see the idea of affordable net-zero building getting some media attention. Even more gratifying, however, is that I talked to the builder of our house, Ted Clifton of TC Legend Homes, and he says that he gets a call about every week from someone who has heard of our house and is interested in building a zero-energy house of their own.
It’s no wonder people in Seattle and elsewhere are interested in this type of construction, since it represents some serious long-term savings. One commentator on the Fine Homebuilding article wrote:
Of course, for a net zero house any initial savings is really just icing on the cake anyway… Can you imagine the savings that will take place during the life-span of the home? . . . My average cost for gas alone is $1,500/yr. (hot water & furnace), literally burned every year (“litterly” was my Freudian slip). If you include the cost of electricity, then I’m out another $950/yr., for a total expense of $2,450/yr. (gas & electrical alone – my water & sewer are another “drain” altogether 🙂
So, every ten years I’m out +/- $24,000, which coincidently adds up to about the same as my 2 latte/day addiction… Maybe that’s the way to market this to the Seattle-area crowd: net-zero = free caffine 🙂
Here are the articles . . .
Earth Techling: Attractive Net-Zero-Energy House on a Budget
Fine Homebuilding: Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House