The Andersons describe their house as “the ideal first house.” It’s a bungalow in a shotgun style of 2,000 square feet with 10-foot high ceilings, 6-foot windows and an open floor plan. “It has the amenities of a new eco-friendly house in an historic neighborhood,” Eric says. “It doesn’t look or feel different, but it feels special.”

When they tell people where they live, people immediately say, “You’re that net-zero house.” And inevitably their first question is, “What is your JEA bill?”

“We are not off the grid. We are on the grid and the solar panels help offset our costs. We sell our energy back to JEA at the same rate that they sell it to us,” Eric says.