Renovated Home Becomes 1st Energy Producer

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New video 'Healthy Home Healthy Planet' tells the story

Screen shot from video: House in-progress

John Livermore in front of House in-progress

"We've eliminated our energy bills, we produce more energy then we consume, and we've improved our quality of life."

Announcing today’s release of a 10-minute video about the first renovated home in Massachusetts, and one of the first in the U.S., to produce more energy than it consumes. The video tells the story of the Livermore family’s innovative renovation of their 1970’s home in Gloucester, MA — and their quest to eliminate their energy bills and carbon footprint.

“Our main goal was to lower our energy bills and take responsibility for our carbon footprint.” says John Livermore, founder of Healthy Home Healthy Planet. “We now produce more energy than we need and we’ve improved our quality of life. It’s a model any homeowner can use.”

Homes that produce more than they consume are called Net Positive Energy Homes. In the first year after the renovation, the home generated 86% more electricity than it used, resulting in a net profit. Completed on a budget of $60,000 the project’s return on investment (ROI), including the value of all the non-energy benefits, was over 10% — surpassing recent stock market returns.

The Livermore renovation demonstrates that homeowners can be power producers. With 2.8 million homes in Massachusetts, and 134 million homes nationally, there is abundant opportunity to make a positive difference. “With the huge untapped potential for deep energy savings in existing residential buildings, the Livermore house project presents a viable model on a moderate budget,” said energy engineer, Marc Rosenbaum, P.E.

Please watch the 10-minute video and share the link in your story or blog You can also find us on Facebook and YouTube.

Healthy Home Healthy Planet is a non-profit organization currently seeking status as a 501(c)(3).
Its mission is to empower people to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their quality of life.

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