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Elkridge Business Helps Construct 'Zero-Energy' Home

Solar Energy World provided solar panels for a Waldorf house that produces as much energy as it consumes.

 

A newly built home in Waldorf will produce "as much or more energy than it consumes," reports real estate publication Curbed D.C., thanks in part to , the Elkridge-headquartered business that outfitted the house with solar panels. 

The goal that home builder KB Home set out to accomplish was to get to "net zero," so homeowners have no energy bill, the company said in a statement.

The Waldorf property has built-in features on the interior to help conserve energy: on-demand hot water, a low-flush system and energy-efficient appliances. On the exterior, it has solar panels that , based on Main Street in Elkridge, provided.

“We’re proud to be a part of such a forward-thinking initiative,” Solar Energy World vice president Geoff Mirkin said in a press release.

KB Home said its "net zero" design will save homeowners $6,000 in energy bills. The company, which builds homes in communities across the country, plans to make the option available in its nine D.C. area communities.

"Homebuyers now expect a new home to be energy-efficient, and we believe that they will increasingly demand a net-zero energy home over the next 10 or 20 years," Vince DePorre, regional president for KB Home, said in a company-issued statement.

"KB Home is making this heightened level of energy efficiency an option for our buyers who are ready for this kind of future, today," said DePorre.

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