First Net-Zero Energy House on the Market

A net-zero energy house, by Meritage Homes

A homebuilder in the Phoenix area recently hosted a block party to showcase its net-zero energy house, where the amount of energy produced equals the amount of energy used. This house is the first net-zero production home in the United States.

Learn more about the details of the net-zero houses, including the extreme energy-efficient features they offer.

Remodeling with Efficiency in Mind

If you own an older house and are considering remodeling work, then be sure to ask about the energy efficiency qualifications of the remodelers that you are considering. Many remodelers are realizing the importance and rising demand for energy efficiency features, so many have turned to Tiburon Energy as a partner.

logo for NARI (National Association of the Remodeling IndustryIn the Cincinnati area, a good resource to find a professional remodeler company is the Ohio Valley Chapter of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a not-for-profit trade association dedicated exclusively to serving the professional remodeling industry and to serve as an ally to area homeowners. Toni Winston, president of Tiburon Energy, was the keynote speaker at a NARI membership meeting on February 17, where she addressed many of the issues regarding energy efficiency and weatherization.

Check out NARI Ohio Valley online for more information on remodeling and to find a professional remodeler.

5 Highlights of the 2011 Federal Energy-Efficiency Credits

On December 17, President Obama signed into law a new tax bill that includes several credits for energy-efficient products and upgrades. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • The tax credit for consumers who purchase qualified energy-saving products remains for 2011, but the incentive was reduced to the original 10% up to $500
  • Other included provisions are:
    • Window incentives to $200
    • Oil and gas furnace and boiler incentives to $150-200
    • Water heater and wood heating system incentives to $300
  • Qualifications to use the credit for oil furnaces and boilers and gas boilers were set at 95% efficiency, up from the 90% efficiency in current credit
  • The tax credit for highly energy-efficient appliances was extended for one year
  • For people looking to build, the $2,000 federal tax credit for builders making energy-efficient homes was extended
  • For homeowners living in Hamilton County, Ohio or in Kentucky, these credits are on top of other incentives, such as reduced financing rates and energy credits, available through the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and the Kentucky Home Performance program

Act now to take advantage of these incentives, or schedule a consultation to find the right options for you, contact the building energy experts at Tiburon Energy at 513-681-9300.

Energy-Efficiency Programs for Greater Cincinnati Area Homeowners

Through a special non-profit program, homeowners in Greater Cincinnati can receive a home energy audit and financing on upgrades at reduced rates.

Offered by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, residents of Hamilton county, Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in northern Kentucky are eligible for home energy audits at a reduced charge of $50.

To register online or for more information, visit the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

Kentucky residents are also eligible for the Kentucky Home Performance program, which also the opportunity for a 20% savings on utility bills and a more comfortable living space.