Solar Power Comes To Awesometown Homes

Dude, where should we live? Maybe, like, Awesometown? Awesometown (a.k.a,  Milan at West Hills), in case you were wondering, is located near Valencia (in the greater Los Angeles area), and is now offering solar power standard in all new homes.

This master-planned development is one of nine in Southern California by KB Home that offer solar power standard. According to the builder, these solar power systems–combined with “the many additional energy-conserving features KB Home includes in all of its new homes”–make the homes in “Awesometown”  among the most efficient new homes available on the market today (while also qualifying homeowners for a federal tax credit).

Milan at West Hills

image via KB Home

Wondering just how much energy you could stand to save by moving into one of these homes? According to KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide, a two-story, 2,942 home at Milan at West Hills featuring the standard 1.35 kilowatt solar power system comes with an estimated electric and gas bill of $94 per month. (Homebuyers can also upgrade the home’s solar capacity and could reduce their estimated electric and gas bill to as little as $47 per month if they choose a 3.15 kilowatt system, if they’re willing to foot the bill.) Standard utility bills for this region run around $124 per month.

Homes in Milan at West Hills, “commonly referred to as Awesometown,” run 2,941 to 4,028 in terms of square feet; pricing starts in the low $500,000s.

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.

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