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How much energy does an average home use? | Raleigh Green Home Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 @ 08:04 AM

How much energy does an average American home use?

How Much Will I Spend on Electricity in North Carolina?

According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy:

In 2010, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,496 kWh, an average of 958 kilowatthours (kWh) per month.

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What does that mean, in practical terms?

North Carolina residents had an average monthly bill of $125.20, based on the 2010 census data and calculated as of November 2011. Read these facts on the EIA website, here.

For many homes, this may not factor in the cost of heating the home, as gas or propane run furnaces have been common for many years.

This also averages the cost for small apartments and large homes together, so may not be a full picture of the cost for a typical single family home. 

What Affects the Cost of Energy in a North Carolina Home?

 - A home's energy efficiency rating (efficient heating/cooling equipment, tight construction/ducts, high-performance windows, etc): new homes certified by programs like ENERGY STAR have guarenteed lower energy costs.

 - The size of a home: more square footage = more space to heat, cool, and seal.

 - The price of oil: oil prices not only affect the cost of heating your home if you have a gas furnace, but it also affects the cost of generating electricity.

 - State or Federal tax credits

 - Energy provider costs: Duke Energy and Progress Energy are two of the largest energy providers in North Carolina.

How can I save money on electricity in my new NC home?

Consider homes with energy saving measures like:

- Better construction practices (even a home that's 5 years old has been built to a much lower energy code than today's new homes, but overall efficiency still depends on the expertise of the home builder)

- Tankless or solar water heaters

- Spray foam insulation

- Superior Wall insulated wall panels in basements

- Energy Star rated lighting, light bulbs, and appliances

- Sealed Crawlspace

and many other ideas.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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How Much Does a Solar Home Cost?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 01, 2011 @ 13:08 PM

How Much does a Home with Solar PV Power Cost in Raleigh?

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What’s it cost to include solar photovoltaic power in a new green certified home in the Raleigh area?  

The total cost of your new solar home will depend on what you want to accomplish.

The total cost of a residential solar panel system for your new green home will vary depending on things like:

  • where is your home located?
  • how big is your home?
  • what kind of design does your home have?
  • what are the conditions of your home site?

This solar calculator can give you an idea of what to expect, pending a residential solar panel evaluation.*

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These examples were generated from the online solar calculator at

Does Raleigh have Residential Solar Energy rebates and savings incentives?

The Raleigh area has some of the nation's most notable solar energy providers, like Southern Energy Management.  Check with a solar energy provider for information specific to your solar project.

Some of the NC green home solar energy incentives available right now include:

  • Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit (30%)
  • NC Renewable Energy Tax Credit (35%, cap of $10,500)
  • NC GreenPower Production Initiative ($0.13/kWh)

Your energy provider can walk you through the structure of these credits.

Solar energy is typically seen as a long-term investment, for a green home you intend to live in over a long period. But even though the amount paid upfront is still significant, these rebates and incentives can reduce the overall cost for residential solar power systems to the lowest it's ever been. 

Planning ahead for Residential Solar Power Systems

When you’re building a new green home in Raleigh, ask about "solar ready" - adding future solar power capabilities during the construction stage.

Your NC green home builder can pre-wire and pre-plumb the home for either a solar electric (PV) system or a solar water heater, or both.

"Solar Ready" won’t cost very much, and the pre-planning will save a lot of money when you’re ready to install a future solar PV system or solar water heater.

*All figures provided by solar calculator at, for Raleigh 27613, $200/month electric costs, Progress Energy.  Consult with a solar provider for specific estimate for your project, and consult with a tax advisor for more information on tax credits.

Learn More About Building a Green Home in NC:

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