In Roseville, California, EnviroCitizen.org discovered that Elliott Homes is currently selling new homes with solar roofs and energy-efficient appliances. These homes, in their Terra Vista community, were recently named "Roseville Best Homes" by the Roseville Electric Company. Companies like Elliott Homes are responding to the new demand on homes to not only be attractive, but also to be sustianble and durable as well as efficient.
The Terra Vista homes are a fine example of what the new American home looks like. One example of the homes in the community is the Syrah plan. This home is a solar electric system Lennar home located in an area with several major employers as well as recreation. The Syrah floor plan offers about 2100 square feet per home—3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2-car garage to accommodate those who needs cars. This home includes a solar electric system, full front yard landscaping with automatic irrigation system and dual glazed, low-emissions windows that keep the temperature of a home within a desirable range as well as block UV rays from coming into the home.
Renewable energy is not the only advantage of an Elliott solar home. The home builders make good use of all energy-efficient features, such as lighting, appliances and improved insulation to maximize the benefits of an energy-efficient lifestyle. Fluorescent bulbs use much less electricity than their counterparts and typically save 8-10 times their cost. Programmable thermostats are placed in the homes as well, allowing the occupants to maintain comfortable temperatures efficiently throughout each season. Additional benefits include waterproofing that eliminates gaps and reduces energy loss and superior exteriors with bottom plates that are sealed to the foundation to minimize air and insect access.
With homes like this popping up, American homes overall are beginning to evolve. EnviroCitizen.org is excited to learn about this and other examples of green homes across the nation.