The combination of solar and energy efficiency is at the heart of what the Department of Energy calls “Zero Energy Buildings” or ZEBs, defined as “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.”

Whether you prefer to look at the glass as completely full (of clean energy) or completely empty (of fossil fuel energy), this potent idea attracting a lot of interest these days. According to a 2016 study by the Net Zero Energy Coalition, there are over 4,000 homes in the US and Canada that are either net zero or “net zero ready”– defined as homes that have lowered their energy consumption to the point where a solar installation could meet 90% (or more) of their energy needs.

You don’t have to design your clean energy dream home from scratch either – the non-profit Zero Energy Project has some great case studies of beautiful, energy-smart renovations to existing homes that have put their owners on the road to zero (or 100%, depending on your perspective!).

 

Combining Efficiency and Solar Into One Process

Beyond this big-picture synergy between home energy efficiency and going solar, it makes a lot of sense in terms of both cost and convenience to combine these two goals into a single process – after all, if you’re going to have work done on your home, why not have all of the work done in one go? Indeed, Houzz’s 2016 Smart Home Trends Study found that nearly half of homeowners installing smart home systems do so while conducting broader home renovation projects, and the same basic logic can apply to solar and efficiency.

To this end, Mosaic is excited to be providing our customers with a comprehensive solar + efficiency program. We’ve financed over $1 billion in home solar installations through our highly-qualified solar installation partners, and we’re applying the same model to connect you with the best local energy efficiency contractors. And, of course, we’ll help it all pencil out with a financing package tailored to your needs – since, just like going solar, eliminating the up-front cost can be the catalyst that makes this investment in your home an easy decision.