Zero Carbon® – Zero Bills
To Stop Climate Change – Start at Home
Make your house a net-zero energy house by cutting its carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero.
By someone who has done it: David Green
“Your book is terrific.”
Paul Hawken. Author of “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”
To see a 3-minute interview of David Green by NBC Boston anchor Joy Lim Nakrin click here: TV Interview
Our house is a net-zero energy house. It has a zero-carbon footprint and we pay nothing for electricity and heating. We did this by adding: heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels (the “fab four”). By installing the fab four we are saving so much money on heating and electricity bills that our investments will pay for themselves in about six years. Our return on investment is about 15%. That’s 15% after tax and indexed for inflation. Sure beats my 401k!
A zero-carbon-footprint house (or just zero-carbon house) is also known as a net-zero energy house or carbon-neutral house. Over the course of a year a net-zero energy house generates no net emissions of carbon dioxide. Net-zero energy houses are houses that use very little energy from electricity or heating fuel like natural gas or heating oil. But, because even a single light bulb uses energy, they are do not use zero energy. They can use net-zero energy after subtracting the zero-carbon energy produced on site, such as from solar panels.
If you want a net-zero house and zero bills for heating and electricity then this web site is for you. By saving money for yourself you will cut pollution, reduce climate change and combat global warming.
All attendees at my webinars get a free copy of the e-book version (for iPad/Nook or Kindle) of my highly-acclaimed book Zero Carbon® Home.
My next free webinar will be Monday, March 8th 2021 at 7pm Eastern US time. It will be hosted by the Westwood, Walpole, Dedham League of Women Voters. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-zero-bills-for-wwd-lwv-tickets-138291273923
After that the next one will be Thursday, March 25th at 7pm Eastern US time. It will be hosted by Firths Parish Milton Unitarian Universalist Church in Milton, MA and Sustainable Milton. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-zero-bills-for-milton-2-tickets-142258786861
And after that will be Thursday, April 8th at 7:30pm Eastern time. It will be hosted by several organizations in Arlington, MA including the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Arlington Mothers Out Front and the Sustainable Arlington chapter of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network or MCAN. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-zero-bills-for-arlington-tickets-141357517139
If you are part of a local sustainability, environmental or energy conservation group and would like to host a webinar please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange it. I can take care of all the arrangements for Zoom hosting and registration so all you need to have is an just add the audience!
Registration is required as it helps to prevent Zoom bombing. All attendees will receive a free copy of the e-book version (for iPad/Nook or Kindle) of David Green’s highly-acclaimed book, Zero Carbon® Home. This webinar is not a lecture, it is conversation. It takes me about 40 minutes to cover the fab four recipe and then I stay on the call until the last person’s question gets answered, which often takes an hour or two (the record is three).
If you are looking for a T-shirt with a lifetime carbon footprint of zero, (which I have created in order to try to reduce the XXXL carbon footprint of the clothing industry) please click here: Zero Carbon® T-shirt
If you are looking for how to make money by cutting the carbon footprint of your swimming pool to zero, (which I have also done – it was quicker, cheaper and made a higher return on investment to go zero on my pool than on my house) please click here: Zero Carbon® swimming pool
David Green’s “fab four” recipe for “making green by going green” i.e., making money by cutting your house’s carbon footprint to zero is:
- install 12″ of insulation in your attic and in the ceiling of your basement
- replace your AC units with heat pumps
- when you replace your windows, replace them with triple-glazed windows not double-glazed ones, or add low cost “fit-from-the-inside” window inserts
- install solar panels on your roof
To find out more about the fab four please click here: Fab four summary.
Note what we did not do: geothermal heat pumps, solar hot-water panels, and taking the siding off your house to add insulation. All of these are common conventional wisdom in the net-zero energy world. These may all make energy sense, but I found that they did not make financial sense, i.e., the savings on the heating and electric bills did not pay for the installation.
I am a physicist by training (I have an honors degree in physics from Oxford University), and an entrepreneur by trade, (I have an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School). In my career I founded, and was CEO of, two biotechnology companies both of which I took public. In 2017 I published Zero Carbon Home and in 2018 I published Zero Carbon Pool. The physicist in me understands things like low-E coatings on triple-glazed windows and the MBA in me knows how to analyze financial investments. I combined both to ensure that we on only did things that made both energy sense and financial sense.
To see how much money we saved and how much carbon dioxide we cut with each one of the fab four, please click here: How much CO2 did we cut?
To see David Green’s 45 minute webinar presentation “Zero Carbon® , Zero Bills” (followed by 45 minutes of Q&A), that covers the fab four recipe, please click here: ZCZB webinar
If the idea of watching a video for 90 minutes (even if it will probably save you thousands of dollars a year) makes you want to leave this web site then here are two shorter versions:
To download a pdf file of the slides for the webinar, please click here: Zero Carbon ® Masterclass – Compressed This pdf file is compressed to 3.2MB to make it easy to download, so the pictures are a little grainy.
I have also broken the webinar into 6 bite-sized chunks
- 1. Summary, 10 minutes.
- 2. Heat pumps, 5 minutes.
- 3. Insulation, 4 minutes.
- 4. Triple-glazed windows, 9 minutes.
- 5. Solar panels, 7 minutes.
- 6. Putting it all together, 5 minutes.
To read the written Q&A from several of these webinars (this is a goldmine of useful information about cutting your carbon footprint), please click here: Q&A from webinars
Reviews of the webinar included, “Minute-for-minute, point-for-point, one of the best webinars I have ever attended. Thank you!”, “David is a true inspiration and asset to our community. He inspired us to get solar panels and a new front door”, “This is like a masterclass in ZeroCarbon” and, although this next comment is a little flowery, it does express the sentiment of many other comments, “Your contribution to Greening America is great and will probably help our survival as a species a bit longer than expected”. Over 70% of the attendees of the webinar say that in the next 12 months they intend to add at least one of the fab four.
To easily calculate the carbon footprint of your house, please click here: Carbon footprint calculator.
To read about the author, David Green who is both a bit of a techie geek and quite financially nerdy, please click here: About the author
To order a copy of David Green’s books, Zero Carbon® Home and Zero Carbon® Pool, please click here: Order the book
These are unsolicited comments I have received on the book:
“Your book is terrific.” Paul Hawken., San Francisco, California. Author of “Drawdown” and one of the world’s leading environmentalists.
“I thought the book was straightforward and clear” B. Mc., Middlebury, Vermont. Leader of 350.org and one of the world’s leading environmentalists.
“Wow that was an awesome book! Super informative on all aspects of the process to get to net zero. I’m very glad I read your book it is such a passion of mine I’ve been wanting to do this for years, you really inspired me to make it happen. Thank you.” D.S., Mastic, New York. Homeowner who is making a 46% per year return on investment by cutting his carbon footprint 38%.
“Absolutely loved the book. Very readable for the non-scientist. Fun, entertaining, quite educational for the scientist.” A.N., Weston, Massachusetts. Homeowner who is going zero on his house.
“Thank you so much for your effort and attention here. I feels so fortunate to have met you!” K.A., Arlington, Massachusetts. Homeowner who is going zero on her house.
“I’m very impressed the way you explained the technical terms, the Fab Four and your thoughts on them, leading you to your choice. I was also very surprised when reading the section about old architectural solutions, like verandas, pergolas, deciduous plants, etc. being very often forgotten. Really good stuff.” M.B., London, U.K. Homeowner who is going zero on his house.
David Green’s work on zero carbon houses has been publicized on global news media outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox and has appeared on the front cover of Green Energy Times, in the Boston Herald and in Renewable Energy World, as well as the websites of the U.S. Department of Energy, Zero Energy Project, Cool Effects and the Green Home Institute.
In addition to my work on renovations to zero carbon, I have recently started working on creating new homes with zero-carbon footprints. I have developed designs that are: zero carbon, zero bills, healthy and comfortable to live in. These homes have the lowest lifetime cost of ownership. Lifetime cost of ownership means the combined cost of the mortgage (including the addition cost of adding the fab 4), heating bill, electric bill and insurance. My designs can save a homeowner about $3,000 a year compared to a standard “code-built” house that sells for $450,000. Homeowners would probably pay $60,000 more for such a house just because of the zero heating and electric bills. Other benefits are that: the air inside is healthier (with less chance of the kids getting asthma); the house has less risk of catching fire; and the house emits no carbon dioxide. I would both certify that these houses have a zero-carbon footprint and brand them Zero Carbon®. If you are a developer, architect or builder would would like to collaborate to build these houses, please contact me at email@example.com
To read an explanation of energy terms used in the books (don’t worry, it is precise but in a friendly way), please click here: Energy terms explained
To read an explanation of finance terms used in the books (again, precise but in a friendly way), please click here: Finance terms explained
To read an explanation of zero-carbon house terms, such as net-zero energy, PassivHaus, LEED Certification, Zero-Energy Ready Home (ZERH), Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and my proposed new term, Greenness, please click here: Net-Zero Energy terms explained
It is pure coincidence, or perhaps destiny, that my family name is Green. I got it from my father. I am not making it up, just like I am not making up anything else in this website, book or webinar.
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