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What Is A Zero Energy Home?

A zero energy home simply means that it can produce as much or more energy than it consumes, leaving you with little to no energy bill.

HERS Index Scale

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured through a verified third-party.

The lower the number,
the more energy efficient your home is.

HERS Index Scale

Say goodbye to your electric bill!

Brite Dream

HERS SCORE

-9

annual savings with solar

$2,233

Brite Future

HERS SCORE

-11

annual savings with solar

$1,913

Brite Energy

HERS SCORE

-11

annual savings with solar

$1,909

Brite Sunrise

HERS SCORE

-12

annual savings with solar

$1,890

Between tax credits, utility savings and standard built in upgrades, Brite Homes offers unmatched value that other home builders simply do not.

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), is a solar incentive ] program in which you can deduct 30% of the cost of your solar system from your federal income taxes. Based on the average size of our solar systems, that is approximately a $6,000 deduction. 

 

A solar paneled Brite Home can save you on average $1,986 in utility savings per year. That’s $59,587 over a standard 30 year loan. 

Disclaimer: These savings are based on our third-party verified HERS rating on our homes with solar and the average American household consumption. The amount you can save in utility costs with solar could be higher or lower depending on how much energy you use in your home. 

 

Brite Homes already include $44,322 built-in solar and $30,000 worth of upgrades that are standard in all of our homes. No base pricing, no upselling, no hidden charges. Our home’s already include all the upgrades you could possibly want with upfront pricing.

How does Brite Homes achieve zero energy ratings?

Zero energy doesn’t stop with solar. Our homes include high performance features that significantly reduce the amount of energy needed in the first place.

Learn more about each of the energy efficient features that Brite Homes has to offer.

Spray foam insulation isn’t your average insulation material; it is the most effective insulation material that exists in the market. We use spray foam insulation inside the cinder blocks that are the structure of your home. Additionally, we use it on the underside of the roof deck and in the trusses of your home, creating an airtight seal against thermal, air and moisture protection. 

A hybrid water heater has the lowest operating cost of any water heater on the market, particularly when installed in warm climates such as Florida. It works by capturing the heat from the surrounding, such as in your garage, and transferring it to the storage tank where it heats the water. Using existing hot air makes these water heaters up to three times more efficient than a stand electric heater.

Our windows use two panes of glass with a small space in between them that create a space that helps to better insulate your home by keeping control of your home’s internal temperature. Low emission windows also help prevent condensation from forming and lowers noise pollution as well. 

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it relates to how much energy an HVAC unit uses over the course of a year. The higher the number, the more energy efficient it is. A 16 SEER unit uses about 13% less energy than your standard 14 SEER used in most new construction homes. The US Department of Energy estimates that 56% of the energy used in a home goes to heating and cooling.

Brite Homes utilize LED lighting throughout the entire home. LED lighting is today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technology. According to the Department of Energy, residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy, and last up to 25 times longer.

All of our homes come with an Energy Star Certified refrigerator, dishwasher and optional washing machine. Energy Star appliances are at least 10% more energy efficient than non-certified appliances and achieve a 20% improvement on average while providing homeowners and residents with better quality, performance and comfort.