Green has worked!
We spent a lot of money up front to make our house very green.
We have closed cell insulation.
We put in a geothermal heating system
Passive solar....House is built into a southern facing slope so main floor has a few windows to the north but more on the south....lower level is a finished basement with only southern and western exposure. (Lower level maintains a temp of 63 degrees with no heat all winter.)
5 kw of active solar panels
House is 2100 sq ft on main floor with a little more than 1/2 of the lower level finished.
We installed a wood stove.
Used solar tubes in 2 interior spaces.
Result is last 12 months total energy cost for the house....heating, A/C, lighting, gas fireplace, hot water, etc.....was $1200.