A rising trend of super-efficient, solar-powered new homes allows homeowners
to combat rising energy costs by giving back to the power grid. Some owners are
even realizing a small profit from their home’s power-generating capacity.
Intelligent house layout and design, and home features such as dual-pane
windows, air-tight ductwork and high-caliber wall and attic insulation, are
curbing energy consumption. And when coupled with solar energy, captured
through photovoltaic panels, these homes are becoming their own mini power
plants that feed electricity to the grid.
In 2009, U.S. homeowners paid an average $2,200 for energy use in their
homes, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A growing number of
homeowners have the opportunity to erase that cost.
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