August 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM
"By using superior insulation above, below and around a house along with efficient appliances and lighting, energy use can be reduced by 40% to 50%..."
While mortgages are a fixed and reliable cost for up to 30 years, energy prices continue to fluctuate wildly. Natural gas is now less than half the price it was in 2007, and with the campaign by T. Boone Pickens to use natural gas to power large trucks, it is likely that the price of gas in your home will again be more than twice what it is now or more. Natural Homes of Santa Fe New Mexico, working with Renaissance Builders (newvillage.com/santa-fe-zero-energy-homes ), is packaging future energy costs into a fixed-rate mortgage with mortgage rates at an all-time low. By using superior insulation above, below and around a house along with efficient appliances and lighting, energy use can be reduced by 40% to 50% (HERS 50 to 60). Once the efficiency reaches this level, solar electric panels can be installed to get to zero.
Renaissance Homes has delivered exceptional net Zero Energy Homes at prices competitive with conventional homes of the same finish and quality. Net Zero Energy Homes have a net annual energy cost at or near zero the year the house is built. The actual energy cost in the future can fluctuate somewhat as the price of natural gas fluctuates, but much less then a conventional house because much less gas is used in the first place. But the crown jewel of Zero Energy is the true Zero Energy Home that is an all electric home that generates the same number of kilowatt-hours per year as it uses.
Amazingly, transportation costs can also be built into a mortgage. The solar array can be oversized to pump electricity into the grid in the day when it’s needed and charge a plug-in electric hybrid car or electric motorcycle at night for free when there is excess electricity in the grid. Two plug-in vehicles and many electric motorcycles are on the market now and more are on the way.
Natural Homes with Renaissance Builders can now deliver a complete Zero Energy Lifestyle at accessible prices on almost any lot in the City or County of Santa Fe. Net Zero Energy Homes start at $279,000 including lot, featuring fine finishes, tall ceilings and healthy air quality. A working family can now secure their future for the next 30 years with a low cost Zero Energy Home. When inflation returns, everything will cost more except your mortgage. Now is the time to load future costs into a fixed mortgage and avoid much of the pain coming down the line when inflation returns.
For more information go to www.NewVillage.com or call Alan at 505 316 0449