Electric Bill Will Vanish, Home Builder Says

How would you like to never pay a power bill again? Residents living in the SheaXero, Shea Home’s new No Electric Bill Home, might soon enjoy just that. By making use of solar power and energy efficient features and designs, the home produces as much electricity as it uses, Shea says.

Shea Homes is the developer of  Trilogy resort communities, which are designed especially for baby boomers. Beginning this month, the SheaXero home became available on all of the company’s home plans in all 10 Trilogy and Shea Homes Active Lifestyle communities across the country.

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Solar power for the homes are provided through a partnership with SolarCity. In addition to the homes producing much of its power, they also have a number of energy saving features to decrease the amount of energy needed. Some of those features include energy efficient HVAC systems, Energy Star appliances, dual-pane windows, programmable thermostats and CFL bulbs.

“The big news with SheaXero is the zero dollars homeowners pay for electricity each month,” Rick Andreen, president of Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communitie,s said in a statement. “We know how important it is for our customers to save money. Depending on where the home is located, owners can save thousands of dollars per year. But it’s not just about the substantial savings, it’s the peace of mind our customers enjoy by not worrying about escalating energy costs. They can say goodbye to rate increases while safeguarding the environment for the next generation.”

This isn’t Shea’s first foray into the green housing market. Since 2007, the company has built a total of 3,000 Green Certified Homes. All together, those homes have helped owners a combined $7 million in energy costs, 65,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and prevented nearly 96,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

    • Erin

      Just looking at New Jersey’s solar power model (http://www.geoscapesolar.com/blog/2012/02/15/why-solar-is-the-clean-energy-choice/) solar power really looks like the way to go for renewable energy in the future. When you look at the cost-benefits compared to wind and other sources, it’s just clearly the best option.

    • 4gsl

      I wonder how many plants and trees have died off because of these homes so far….just sayin’.

    • Mot

      There will come a time when Obamanation the Second will have the opportunity to tax your “free” power as you’re consuming sunlight belonging to the poor masses…