Edina, MN (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
Minneapolis-based American Home Energy Audit is helping Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with energy-saving LED lighting for its first-ever "net-zero" home (ZEH) currently under construction in North Minneapolis.
Currently, Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the state are looking to preserve the long-term affordability of the homes they build while keeping up-front costs low. The objective is to promote not only the feasibility of a ZEH, but also the concepts and materials necessary to construct it.
Each zero net-energy home is designed with a small, simple size and an orientation that takes full advantage of natural sunlight. These two design elements have little up-front cost, and in many cases actually save money. From there, the home incorporates high levels of insulation and high-efficiency windows. As a result, the home itself does not need much energy to heat or cool. In this way the energy generation source – solar panels – does not need to be very large to handle the energy needs of the homeowner.
“We are very lucky to have generous in-kind donors like American Home Energy Audit,” Habitat staff member Mark Turbak said. “Our in-kind donations ensure our home construction costs remain low so more well-deserving families can purchase a Habitat home each year.”
Rylee Meek, president of American Home Energy Audit states, "Our continuing support for Habitat for Humanity is simple: to help families focus on their enjoyment of their new home. When a family doesn't have to worry about continuously rising energy bills, that kind of peace of mind and sense of security every month goes a long way."
About Twin Cities Habitat: Twin Cities Habitat is committed to building homes that are both affordable and environmentally responsible. We’ve built 268 ENERGY STAR qualified homes and we’ve completed 12 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) homes.
Media contact: Matt Haugen, Communications Manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity