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Saving You Money

Extra in Your Pocket

While living in a Net Zero house, you may initially pay more for the home, but you will end up with extra savings in your pocket every month. This is due to drastically reduced utility bills which more than make up for the increase in the mortgage. Check out the calculation summary below:

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Savings and Benefits

Below is a summary of savings and benefits of living in a Net Zero home on an annual basis:

  • Peace of mind that your home is protected against increasing utility rates
  • Increased comfort due to better temperature control throughout the home (you can have the same temperature in the basement as on the top floor)
  • Improved air quality by 50% and reduced suffering from headaches, fatigue, concentration problems, allergies, asthma and more
  • Quieter homes due to increased insulation and triple pane windows
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 80%
  • Savings of an average 80% in total energy usage due to increased insulation, air tightness and improved systems
  • Reduction of energy consumption by up to 30%, through the use of energy efficient appliances 
  • Increase in energy efficiency by 80%-90% through the use of LED lighting 
  • Savings of up to $370 through the use of Rheem’s Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Savings of over $90 per year in reduced water utility bills through the use of WaterSense labeled toilets
  • Savings of up to 30% off the water bill through the use of the Drain Water Heat Recovery System
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Increasing Electricity Rates

In the past 10 years, electricity rates have nearly doubled and are forecasted to increase even further. As an example, if the average home today pays $125 a month for electricity, by the year 2020 it will pay $180 according to the Ontario Power Authority forecasted rates (not including delivery fees or taxes). Living in a Net Zero home, homeowners will not be affected by the increase in energy rates because the house produces its own supply of energy.

The newer the home, the higher the savings on gas and electricity. But with Net Zero homes, the savings are even greater! The charts below show the savings over a period of 30 years through the use of solar power.

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