New Energy Home vs. Net Zero Home


In today’s world, you hear a lot of discussion about global warming, recycling, energy efficiency, and many other terms and discussions on “going green.”

From appliances to geothermal heat, from solar panels to wind power, many people are wanting to become not only an energy-efficient home but also energy independent.

The best time to become energy efficient or independent is when you are building a new home.

But how can you actually become energy independent?

At K Graber Construction, we make the process of building an energy-efficient home easy!

Today we want to help you understand all the confusing terms when it comes to energy efficiency - so you can know exactly what you're getting!

This post will briefly go over the difference between a “New Energy Home” and a “Net Zero Home.”

Let's get started!

Table Of Contents

  • 1. New Energy Homes
  • 2. Net Zero Homes

New Energy Home

The goal with a New Energy Home is to build an energy-efficient home that reduces the home’s energy costs by at least 50%.

How do we accomplish this?

We reduce energy consumption through the building materials are used on the house, the design of the structure, and maximizing the temperature efficiency of the house.

There are two obvious benefits to a New Energy Home.

The first is that you are giving a significant contribution to the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

The second benefit is that your cost of living will be cheaper due to lower utility and energy costs.

Want to take a much deeper dive into energy-efficient homes? Read our blog: Net Zero Homes & new Energy Homes - The Benefits And Differences.

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Net Zero Home

If you want to take energy-efficient homes to the next level, then you want a net zero home. Net Zero Homes use the New Energy Home as the foundation and takes it to the next level.

While a New Energy Home reduces your energy to 50%, a Net Zero Home will actually produce enough energy to offset the remaining 50%.

How do we offset the rest of the energy?

Through solar power! To create a Net Zero Home, we use thin-film solar that will create enough power through solar energy to offset the remaining energy that the home uses.

A Net Zero Home allows you to eliminate your carbon footprint and your energy costs. In fact, if enough solar is added, you can actually be energy positive and create more energy than you use!

We live in an exciting time where technology and design can converge to create the most energy-efficient homes of all time. If you are ready to help the environment while you save on your energy costs, let us quote you an energy-efficient home today!

And of course, you should consider more than just energy-efficiency when building a new house. If you're in the market read our blog: Thinking Of Building A New Home? Read This First!

net zero home exterior

It makes sense to build a home that supports the environment and cuts down on your energy costs. And if you have an eye towards the future, you know that making environmentally friendly decisions will benefit your children and grandchildren as well.

If you are ready to join the movement, and participate in improving our future we are equipped to help you!

At K. Graber Construction, we offer the construction of new energy and net zero homes.

Take the time to browse our other new construction services that you might find helpful like pole barn homes, ICF Construction, and metal roofing!

When you're ready, contact us and get a free quote. We look forward to hearing from you!

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