The Net Zero Store Is Open for Business!  

     Since vacating Golden Real Estate’s original home at 17695 S. Golden Road (across from Taco Bell), we have converted that net zero energy location into — what else? — The Net Zero Energy Store, and it is now open for business weekdays. The concept is simple — to sell products and services that make your home more energy efficient — either step by step, or all the way to being “net zero energy.”

    A net zero energy home is all-electric (no natural gas heating, cooking, grilling or fireplace), has its own solar panels to generate electricity from the sun, and optimizes the use of electricity through super-insulation, heat pump technology, induction ranges, high-performance windows, energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and other widely available technology.

    The store, which has many such products on display, is manned weekdays by the sales team of Helio Home, Inc., which sells and installs all those products. Stop by to speak with a sales person who can talk knowledgeably about what’s possible in your own home.  They also have a relationship with a credit union (Clean Energy Credit Union) which lends money solely for sustainability projects and the purchase of used or new electric cars.

‘The Net Zero Store’ Is Now Open, Its Parking Lot Hosting Apr. 2nd Electric Vehicle Roundup  

When Golden Real Estate moved from 17695 S. Golden Road to 1214 Washington Avenue in downtown Golden, we announced that our previous location (which Rita and I still own) would become The Net Zero Store, where products and services would be sold to help homeowners make their homes more sustainable and perhaps even “net zero energy.” 

That building is a perfect location for such a one-stop shop for “all things sustainable” because it is itself a net zero energy building. Its 20 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels generate all the electricity to heat, cool and power the building as well as to provide free EV charging to the general public.

No building can be net zero energy so long as it uses natural gas, so we had the gas meter removed in 2017 and now heat the building with a Mitsubishi heat pump mini-split system.

The opening of The Net Zero Store coincides with this Saturday’s Electric Vehicle Roundup in the building’s parking lot. As of this writing, 36 owners of 18 different models of EVs, including a Rivian pickup truck, have registered for the event, and 86 people have registered as attendees. You can register at www.DriveElectricWeek.info.

The EV Roundup is this Saturday, April 2nd, from 3 to 6 pm.

Partnering as the chief tenant of The Net Zero Store is Helio, a business that is already deeply involved in retrofitting existing homes to be more energy efficient. You’re invited to come in during the EV Roundup to learn how you can lower your own home’s carbon footprint, whether with heat pumps, insulation, sun tunnels, geothermal heating or solar PV.

Also participating in the Electric Vehicle Roundup is Clean Energy Credit Union, which specializes exclusively in financing sustainable improvements for your home as well as auto loans solely for electric vehicles. Look for their booth on our patio during the event.