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Energy Efficient Home costs less than you think

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - I'm sure you've heard the saying "it's not what's on the outside, but the inside that counts"...well that goes the same when it comes to making your home energy efficient. While you might think it would be costly, it might not be as bad as you think.

"We're just wanting to educate everybody that hey this can be done, and it's not that expensive to do," says Monty Williams with Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation.

An Energy Efficient Model Home located off County Road 749 in Jonesboro opened it's doors Saturday to showcase how easy and inexpensive it can be to save on your energy bill. Energy Efficiency Expert Doug Rye says it only cost the home owner $500.00 more to build the home energy efficient. He even guarantees the heating and cooling to cost no more than 47 dollars a month.

"I think of that $500 more to save about $50 a month on utility bills, it doesn't cost, it makes you money," says Rye.

Rye says whether it's a new or existing home, it's all about properly insolating your home, and the answer is simple. "Some of those things cost pennies to do, like you caulking your house. All you have to do is find where the air is escaping from your house and just caulk it," says Rye.

Folks had the chance to tour the home and from top to bottom the house was fully equip, starting with tech shielding in the attic. "It's has a radiant barrier and this will reflect the heat back during the summer," says Williams. The was also mastic to cover the ductwork, and the house had 12 inches of cellulose insulation.

Displays and Information were also on hand to educate the public. Monty Williams says having an open house not only helps show individuals ways to save..."The Cooperative is benefiting by postponing building anymore power plants, plus we're watching out for our members. We don't want them to have an outrageous electric bill and usage. This is a way we are hoping to educate people that this can be done," says Williams.

Rye says the heat and air on the model home will average to less than a dollar a day. Craighead Electric Cooperative sponsored the open house.

Three seminars are lined up for next week on making your home energy efficient.

The seminars will take place:

-Monday, January 24, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. In Walnut Ridge at the Lawrence County Meeting Room (115 W. Walnut St.)

-Monday, January 24, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. At the Jonesboro Office of Craighead Electric (4314 Stadium Blvd.)

-Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. In Paragould at the Paragould Community Center (3404 Linwood Dr.)

Seating will be limited. You can contact Craighead Electric Cooperative to reserve a spot, 800-794-5012

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