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Millennial Flocking Towards Zero Energy Homes

As the millennial generation continues on the path of impacting many industries, new trends in homeownership are emerging and positively impacting developers and existing homeowners. Because the millennial generation is quickly approaching the home ownership milestone, it’s an important time for older generations to take note.

So, what is it that this new generation is looking for in their home?

Solar Energy & Net Zero

Growing up and seeing the negative effects of climate change and nonrenewable energy sources, millennials are interested in homes that provide solar energy and provide net-zero living. Purchasing a net zero home means the home is providing enough energy (through solar, wind, etc.) for the homeowner to live off. This provides a decreased cost of living and is better for the environment.

“Our research showed that millennials are interested in sustainability and green features, but that they have to be practical,” Klif Andrews, Las Vegas division President of Pardee Homesto said. This shift in homeowner purchasing decisions has promoted people such as Andrews to take notice.

As solar energy continues on the rise as the nation’s fastest growing energy source, you can expect to see the millennial generation leading the charge. This provides an opportunity for developers to create new homes with solar energy installed, as well as a benefit for the baby boomer generation to make the solar investment that will pay off when they go to sell their house.


In addition to seeking a renewable energy based home, this next generation is gravitating towards “smart homes”. Growing up in the smartphone generation, millennials see the benefit in having heating and air conditioning adjustable from their phone and doorbells with built in camera and phone notifications. New-build homes are incorporating many of these smart features. From sprinkler systems that turn on based on rain sensors in the gutters, to refrigerators that reorder items when they are running low.

Interested in learning more about the net zero home movement? Checkout how a couple living in Seattle, WA build a net zero energy home at just $125 a square foot.

Tonya Topel is passionate about protecting the environment and works for an environmentally friendly construction company. Read more of her blogs on zero energy housing or follow her on Twitter!

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What are Zero Energy Homes

Zero energy homes are just like any other home — except better because they are environmentally friendly. Climate change is a serious concern, and zero energy homes are specially built to combat climate change while providing a beautiful and functional home!

A zero energy home is like all other homes — but is powered entirely by renewable energy! This includes much more than just being a “green home” or having solar panels because a zero energy house combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency to produce a better net-zero home.

Renewable Energy

A net-zero home ensures that a house will produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis meaning you will have a net-zero energy bill. The foundation of your home, including your structure, roofing, and siding are all high quality to ensure your home is net-zero. Zero energy homes are also surprising cleaner and fresher than standard homes because they have airtight walls which stay free of pollutants and allergens.

Another fact that many do not recognize is that zero energy homes are available in practically every size and style. Building a house should be about your wants and needs, and a net zero home has the capability to do so all while saving you money! You can also enjoy a net zero home anywhere. From hot temperatures to extreme cold, zero energy homes are found all across the country. Individuals and families of all ages and incomes live in zero energy homes.


Over time a net-zero home will produce hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. Living in a zero energy home has lower costs than a comparable standard home, and also protects you from rapidly changing energy prices. According to the Zero Energy Project, zero energy homeowners will save over $2,000 on average within the first year. While in most cases, zero energy homes do require a small monthly hook-up fee, there is no monthly energy bill. This allows you to pocket additional money each month instead of paying a utility company.

“Here’s a real example of a 3,00 square-foot home with $300 month average utility bill,” T.W. Bailey Sr., a Texas homebuilder and President of Bailey Family Builders, said. “If you spend $10,000 additional on the green aspects of the home, you can reduce that energy cost to $150 per month. At today’s mortgage rates, the $10,000 you spend costs you about $30 per month. You’ve saved $150 in utility costs and you’ve spent $30 to do it. Your positive cash flow that first month is $120, and it will be at least $120 a month after that.”

Zero energy homes allow you to build a beautiful, functional, energy-efficient homes. A home is possibly the biggest purchase of your life so make it a smart investment by building a zero energy home!

Tonya Topel is passionate about protecting the environment and works for an environmentally friendly construction company. Read more of her blogs on zero energy housing or follow her on Twitter!

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