What Exactly is a Net-Zero Home?

Posted By on January 28, 2011

There are several different definitions of a net zero home.  One of the defini­tions is “Net-Zero Cost” – which is exactly what we at Potterhill Homes have built in our Northside R&D commu­nity, Northwind. In a home that is “Net-Zero Cost”, the actual cost of your energy bills is offset by the income generated by your solar panels. At the end of a given year, the homeowner will have paid little or no money toward energy bills.

Your Meter Pays Your Energy Bills

With a Net Zero home from Potterhill, your net energy cost is zero. Advanced solar and geothermal systems supply free, renewable energy for electricity, heat, and cooling. Then, Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) – dollars you put in your bank account – pay your remaining energy bill. Watch your meter add up the savings.

 

Geothermal Heating & Cooling

Just a few feet below your lawn, the earth’s temperature is the same year round. With a  geothermal system, the earth cools your house in summer and warms it in winter. Plus,the geothermal and solar energy systems built into Potterhill Net Zero homes warm your bank account with a $15,900 tax credit*.

Electricity from the Sun

Everyone loves free electricity! But a Net Zero home is even better. Many days, you can see your meter spinning backward. Your solar system sends electricity back to the energy company, earning SREC dollars for you.

Cash Savings for Every Budget

Net Zero Energy Systems earn tax and energy credits that put money in your pocket the first month you own your home. Even without a Net Zero system, your energy efficient Potterhill home can save you big money.

Better design, better construction, and better energy efficiency make a Potterhill home the best package on the market.

Best Offer Yet!

If you sign a contract to purchase a Potterhill home during the month of February 2011, you can receive free Geothermal Heating & Cooling**, making Net Zero even more affordable.  Contact a Potterhill Homes representative today for more information by calling 513-248-4428 or visiting www.PotterhillHomes.com

* Potterhill Homes does not guarantee the amount or buyer eligibility for the federal tax credit. Buyers should seek professional tax advice.

** Potterhill Homes reserves the right to cancel the offer at any time for any reason.  Eligible homebuyers must sign a contract between 2/1/2011 and 2/28/2011 to be eligible.  Not valid with any other offer.

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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Cincinnati-based Potterhill Homes is a premier builder of affordable, environmentally friendly homes in Greater Cincinnati. Our homes are built with traditional Cincinnati architectural styles and are perfect for both urban infill and suburban development. To learn more about Potterhill Homes,visit www.potterhillhomes.com.


About the authors

Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!