Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal winter home near Scottsdale, Ariz., is going net-zero, and we think the late architect would be proud.
A net-zero home, in case you didn’t know, simply means a home that produces as much energy as it consumes.
The first step in making Taliesin West net-zero is making some basic energy-efficient upgrades we’re all familiar with:
- Installing an energy-saving HVAC system
- Adding insulation
- Installing new light bulbs (5,000 of them at Taliesin West).
But the star of the show is the 250-kilowatt solar system that will generate all the energy Taliesin West needs, bringing its $200,000 yearly energy bills down to zero.
The solar panels won’t be put on the house, since altering this National Historic Landmark is a big no-no. Instead, they’ll be hidden away elsewhere on the property grounds.
Since Wright was known for architecture that blends with natural surroundings, we think he’d like this net-zero plan. How about you?
What do you love about Frank Lloyd Wright? How do you think he’d feel about his home’s remodel?