Submitted by Emily Prince, who is a member of the Town of Bedford Energy & Sustainability Committee.
The Bedford housing market is evolving to include sustainable, energy efficient homes that will help mitigate the most harmful impacts of climate change. An electric vehicle charging station, induction stove, air source heat pumps, energy efficient air exchangers, solar panel capability, and air-tight insulation are features of two homes currently under construction in Bedford.
David Bernstein, owner of Bernstein Development, a Bedford based real estate development company, is constructing the first purpose-built modern all-electric home in town. Bernstein provided a comprehensive tour of the energy efficient home underway at 5 Dutton Lane to a few members of the Energy & Sustainability Committee. He is building a second all-electric home at 25 Maxwell Rd.
Fully electric homes do not rely on fossil fuels for cooking, heating, cooling, or dryer use, so they are considered sustainable and can be fully or partially powered by self-generated solar, provided solar panels are installed on the house or property. Due to the air-tight insulation and heat pump efficiency, utility costs will be noticeably lower than a comparable home lacking such features.
Reduced utility costs will offset the nominally higher equipment costs for the homeowner while also being climate friendly. Below are several pictures of the energy efficient heat pumps:
Additionally, the new homes will feature induction stoves which have several benefits. An induction stovetop reaches desired temperatures quickly and evenly distributes the heat, resulting in more efficient cooking. It is also a safer, healthier option than gas stoves, as there is no risk of gas leaks and toxic emissions, yielding healthier indoor air quality.
Do not despair if you do not want to move, but would like an energy-efficient home. Homes powered by fossil fuels can easily be retrofitted at lower than market cost, thanks to Mass Save, a state-sponsored program that offers incentives and rebates to homeowners who would like to make climate friendly home improvements.
Visit https://www.masssave.com to schedule a no-cost home energy assessment and to learn more about ways you can save money while improving your home’s energy efficiency.