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The "Home of the Future" is the goal of BP Solar and OCR Solar & Roofing. They’ve teamed up to create a home that is the most state-of-the-art in energy efficiency.
Their design and construction hopes to encapsulate everything a homeowner could want in terms of energy production, storage and consumption. And they've put together quite the home to show off the potential of future dwellings. The home will be built in Sacramento, California, and will be the first LEED Platinum home in the area (but not in the nation). The home will feature a very cool solar system, using BP’s low profile solar modules to avoid that pesky NIMBY effect so many people still feel.
With the solar system’s inclusion of a hybrid grid interaction ability and a back-up battery system, the creators expect that a homeowner can expect as much as 83% savings on monthly electric and gas bills. That is some big chunk of money. Other elements of the home will also help out with saving money on energy costs:
In addition to solar energy, SMUD's "Home of the Future" will feature a wide-range of energy- efficiency features. These will include advanced framing and insulation, specially coated dual pane windows that will reduce radiant heat gain and loss, solar-assisted hot water and space heating, energy-efficient lighting and appliances. R.J. Walter Homes has also incorporated an advanced home automation system which allows the homeowner to monitor and control lighting, heating, air conditioning and irrigation systems.
The question on everyone’s mind in addition to savings is cost, of course.
"As part of our Department of Energy Solar America Initiative (SAI) grant, BP Solar has been working closely with OCR and other partners to make solar energy more affordable to homeowners across the US," said Paul Garvison, director of business development for BP Solar.
With the rising cost of gas and lowering cost of solar, the expense of installation could be ever more quickly offset by savings. Of course, the house under discussion is a LEED Platinum home, so we can figure it is costing a pretty penny.