It produces more power than it uses, has a 8.2 star energy rating (six stars is typical for new homes) and is about 85 per cent cheaper to run than an average house, according to a cost of living analysis by the Alternative Technology Association
...the most common question people ask when entering the home for the first time is whether the heating or cooling is on. The answer, because of remarkably thick insulation, is always no.
Of the $500 a year running costs, $400 is actually the cost to connect to the grid itself – but the house also has the potential to in the future run completely off the grid.
Puts it into perspective, this house would cost just $100 a month if not for the energy companies.
Even though it's a display house, it does give some idea of what properly designed and built houses are capable of.