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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! 

My next live webinar on how to get paid to cut your carbon footprint will be Tuesday August 11th at 7pm eastern time. It will be hosted by Green Newton and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-zero-bills-free-webinar-by-david-green-tickets-113126845440

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.

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. It’s true, green is the new gold™.

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 carbon footprint of the things we buy) 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

Our zero carbon, or net zero energy, house from above
Our zero carbon house as seen from above. Copyright Jack Green 2018.

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:

  1. install 12″ of insulation in your attic and in the ceiling of your basement
  2. replace your AC units with heat pumps
  3. 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
  4. 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 executive 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. 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

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!”, “This really was exceptional, David.  Many thanks!” and, “Wonderful and helpful presentation. Knowledgeable and practical presenter.”

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 going zero on his house.

“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.

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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My next live webinar on how to get paid to cut your carbon footprint will be Tuesday August 11th at 7pm eastern time. It will be hosted by Green Newton and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-zero-bills-free-webinar-by-david-green-tickets-113126845440

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).

My blog contains questions asked by people who have attended a webinar and my answers. It is searchable and is a great resource if you have a question. If you have the question, it is quite likely that someone else has had that question too. You can read it, or search it, by clicking here: blog

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