Affordable Net Zero Homes In Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents looking to make a green move now have a new option in The Homes at Easthampton Meadow, a development in the Pioneer Valley off Button Road. The homes slated for construction here have been designed to maximize energy savings, and – with the addition of solar power – to achieve net zero status.

These two-, three- and four-bedroom homes are estimated to use 60 percent less energy than conventionally built homes of similar size. All will be constructed with energy efficient building strategies, appliances and lighting, as well as windows that make the most of natural day-lighting.

The Homes at Easthampton Meadow

image via The Homes at Easthamptom Meadow

These homes are solar-ready, and if the new owner chooses to incorporate a solar photovoltaic system, that system will power the home’s heating and electrical needs. The power generated via solar is estimated to be close or equal to the energy needs of the house on an annual basis, effectively taking it off the grid.

WWLP.com reports that slightly reduced square footages and economies of scale (there are a total of 33 homes in the development) allow these net zero solar homes to go for between $300,000 and $400,000. So far, two homes have been sold.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.