Treasure Homes is finishing up the model homes for Fallen Leaf at Riverbend, a small subdivision of 32 homes. They’re working with SMUD and California’s Green Builder program, and will use less than half the energy of an average new home.
Rooftop solar panels will store energy for the house. Any surplus is automatically purchased by SMUD. Showerheads, faucets and toilets will use far less water than normal. Hot water will be heated by electricity as called for, sidestepping the traditional hot water heater, where energy is expended keeping the water at temperature.
The builder says it costs an extra $25,000 to construct such a house … SMUD’s offsetting $6,700 of that.