Here’s a unique selling feature for a new home: No electric bill. This is what Shea Homes, www.sheahomes.com, Walnut, Calif., is making available in select communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Washington, as a result of combining energy efficient materials, appliances, and a bit of solar energy.
In partnership with SolarCity, www.solarcity.com, San Mateo, Calif., which manages clean energy services, the homebuilder has branded SheaXero, the no electric bill home in its Active Lifestyle and Trilogy Communities.
According to Shea, these homes aim to achieve net-zero electric bills through the process of generating as much electricity as they consume. This is achieved through a blend of energy-efficient features and a solar power system included in the purchase price of the home.
Expected to be one of the largest net-zero electric home projects in the United States when complete, the homes under the SheaXero project will be fitted with solar panels that will generate clean, and renewable energy. The homes will also include a suite of 11 energy-saving features, such as energy-efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, energy-saving appliances, high-performance insulation, and dual-pane, low-e windows.
“SheaXero homeowners can save thousands of dollars per year on energy costs,” says Rick Andreen, president, Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities. “Net-zero homes protect owners from the impact of electricity rate increases while safeguarding the environment for the next generation.”
This is the latest example of how a combination of energy efficient technologies, such as solar panels, and high-performance building materials and appliances can help homes achieve a higher rate of efficiency. After all, such features are sure to turn a few homebuyers’ heads in the end.