Indeed it is!
Last year we completed an eight house cluster of permanently protected affordable housing designed to be “Net Zero Possible”, meaning that if you live carefully in these homes you may be able to produce as much total energy, on an annual basis, as you use.
After careful monitoring of the energy use in the eight houses and extensive data collection, our systems engineer extraordinaire—Marc Rosenbaum—has analyzed the data in depth. We also ran a net zero energy contest and two households managed, during the first year, to make more total energy than they used (and others came close). Zero energy can be a reality! We hear many claims about energy use, energy savings, and net zero energy, but it is rare to see measured comparative data.
Out there in the world, we find, people are clamoring for this kind of data. If you know of anyone who might be interested, forward the documents or let me know.
See a condensed version of the analysis below. Click on it and you’ll be able to read it. Or click here for the complete study.