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This home, designed by Ben Obregon and built by Bill Taute Homes, recently hit the market in Bouldin Creek for $725,000.  If you’re in the area and the pending contract doesn’t close, you could find yourself in a contemporary, low-energy home powered by rooftop solar photovoltaics for something near that price.

After completion in 2008, the 2,416 square-foot home received a five star rating from the green building program in Austin.  Depending on the month, electricity bills fluctuate between credits and nominal charges, according to the American-Statesman.

Part of what makes this home low energy can be attributed to the cellulose and spray foam insulation, as well as the reflective metal roof, large roof overhangs, low-E windows, and operable windows in the stairwell that release warm air.  There’s also some on-site energy created from solar panels.

In addition, the yard is low-maintenance and requires a small amount of water due to the installation of an underground sprinkler system and local water-wise plantings.

This home is located at 1702 S. Third Street in Austin, Texas and has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and a studio above a two-car garage.

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[+] Read more about this Five Star Austin House in American Statesman.

Media credits: Marathon Real Estate.