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Sustainable homes, Zero energy homes, Net zero homes, Energy efficient homes, Renewable energy for homes, Canada home building programs, Indoor air quality

Live in a Home that Pays You Back
A Complete Guide to Net Zero and Energy-Efficient Homes
by Anna DeSimone

Live in a Home that Pays You Back lights the way for enjoying a home that is healthier, more comfortable, saves money, and reduces your carbon footprint. Whether you are planning to build, buy, or retrofit a home, award-winning author Anna DeSimone takes you on a virtual tour of the home of the future.

You’ll have fun exploring the world of renewable energy, such as solar photovoltaics, wind power, geothermal energy, hydro-electric power, and biomass fuels. You’ll learn how “positive energy” puts money in your pocket through incentives such as net metering, net billing, or renewable energy certificates—a tradeable commodity with cash value.

The path to zero can be taken in small steps. This book prepares you and your household to make informed decisions for implementing energy-efficient technologies according to your needs and budget. And you’ll enjoy many kinds of payback—every step of the way.

Directory of Rebates and Incentives by Canadian Province and U.S. State lists policies and programs from government entities and utility companies.

An authoritative and comprehensive overview of the benefits of energy-efficient homes --Kirkus Reviews

DeSimone, an expert on housing market trends and mortgage financing and the author of Welcome to the Agrihood (2020), makes a convincing case for the myriad advantages of a sustainable building. It doesn’t have to be new construction, she says; one can retrofit a century-old home to achieve “net zero” environmental impact status. Investing in environmentally friendly and energy-efficient materials and technologies, she notes, improves the community’s health, comfort, and well-being, while reducing the home’s carbon footprint. She also stresses that the immediate and long-term cost savings of energy-efficient and sustainable homes are substantial; for example, sustainable materials often last longer with less need for expensive maintenance, repair, or replacement. The book also highlights the fact that there are currently more than 2,000 financial incentives available to residential homeowners in the U.S. and Canada, including rebates, specialized financing, and tax breaks for energy efficiency. The author compiles useful information from a wide range of sources to help homeowners and prospective buyers make informed decisions. [See more on Kirkus Reviews]

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Winner of three national book awards, Anna DeSimone is author of Welcome to the Agrihood and Housing Finance 2020 (English and Spanish). She was founder and CEO of Bankers Advisory, a mortgage compliance audit services firm, now part of Clifton Larson Allen. Anna is a nationally recognized expert on fair housing and author of more than 40 industry handbooks.


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