This paper explores solutions to linearized power-flow equations with bus-voltage phasors represented in rectangular coordinates. The key idea is to solve for complex-valued perturbations around a nominal voltage profile from a set of linear equations that are obtained by neglecting quadratic terms in the original nonlinear power-flow equations. We prove that for lossless networks, the voltage profile where the real part of the perturbation is suppressed satisfies active-power balance in the original nonlinear system of equations. This result motivates the development of approximate solutions that improve over conventional DC power-flow approximations, since the model includes ZIP loads. For distribution networks that only contain ZIP loads in addition to a slack bus, we recover a linear relationship between the approximate voltage profile and the constant-current component of the loads and the nodal active-and reactive-power injections.