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WSW: Can "Net-Zero" Homes Make Power Outages Obsolete?

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Matt Grocoff says today’s children may grow up in a world without power outages. The founder of the Ann Arbor based Thrive Collaborative says that’s part of the promise of “net-zero” buildings.

Grocoff was the keynote speaker at Western Michigan University’s Reaching for Zero conference in June. He told WMUK’s Andy Robins that he has made his house over 100 years old “net-zero,” which means that it generates as much energy as it uses. He says it can done fairly easily and inexpensively.

In addition to homes, Grocoff says the idea of “net zero” can also apply to buildings. He says it is more challenging with very tall buildings. But Grocoff says some of those buildings are being built with solar panels on their sides.

“Net-Zero” homes are an important part of the future, according to Grocoff. He says that homes which rely on renewable sources of energy, and built to ensure that they conserve that energy, will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Grocoff says that will become more important in the face of climate change.

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
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