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'Net-Zero' Home to Feature Solar Panels, $0 Electric Bills

Pre-fab homes and tract housing aren't typically associated with green living.

But as more buyers become attuned to high energy costs, homebuilders appear more willing to market homes that consume less power, water and other resources.

On Earth Day Friday, for example, Meritage Homes plans to make its "net-zero" home available to buyers in select markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and central Texas.

Already, Meritage has unveiled an Arizona housing development where

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Report Says Builders Lag in 'Green' Homes Category

It's no secret that one of the U.S. industries hardest hit by the recession has been homebuilding, which in many ways is still trying to grapple its way back to even years after taking a nosedive.

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