The company has taken the lead in developing energy-efficient homes. It has been able to build a four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home that has an average energy bill of less than $100 a month. It has been expanding its ZeroHouse 2.0 program, which strives to build a home that will have projected energy costs of zero. Sustainability guiding principles KB Home releases a sustainability report every year. Its guiding principles are: Offer environmentally friendly and affordably priced homes, products, and featuresthat minimize our homeowners carbon footprint and energy usage, conservenatural resources and create more sustainable homes and communities. Utilize our history of innovation and our process-driven approach to reduce wasteand natural resource usage throughout our organization. Be an active and responsible member of the communities in which we operate. Be an environmental educator for all our employees, homebuyers and businesspartners regarding home energy conservation and environmental sustainability. Maintain our standards of transparency and corporate citizenship by publiclyreporting on the progress in and challenges to our sustainability efforts. Specific measures to make homes more sustainable include: Installation of Energy Star appliances in all homes and adherence to the new Energy Star Version 3 standards Continuing to provide solar panel installation as a standard or optional feature in selected marketsalso, it continues to explore future ways to facilitate offering solar power systems in more homes Providing an energy monitoring system in every home as a standard feature to increase homeowners awareness of their consumptionthis can result in additional energy savings of up to 10% Improving indoor air quality with low-VOC paints Continuing to promote its WaterSense-labeled new homes, which consume less water Expanding low-water-usage landscaping standards KB advertises, as the above graph shows, the projected energy savings a homeowner could expect to achieve under its green initiatives.
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