SARAH OFFIN AND TONY TIGHE, GLOBAL NEWS.
CALGARY – Alberta homeowners may face up to $500 more on their utility bills when the new carbon tax takes effect, leaving many searching for ways to save on electricity and gas.
That also has homebuilders searching for ways to make new home energy technology more affordable.
Mattamy Homes showed off their new state-of-the-art, Net Zero energy-efficient home in the northeast community of Cityscape Wednesday.
The house includes special energy-efficient features, like an electric heat pump and water heater, solar panels and led lights. The insulation is rated R-42, complete with triple-pane windows.
It’s designed to produce only as much (or more) energy as is needed to heat and power the house over the course of a year.