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Craighead County, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Building Energy Efficient Homes in Region 8

April 24, 2007 - Posted at 7:12 p.m. CDT

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- Home owners are always looking for a way to cut energy costs...but few realize that saving money can start before the foundation is poured. Building an energy efficient home isn't hard or even too much more expensive...it's just knowing the right tricks of the trade.

"It's getting more expensive as every day goes by.  I couldn't afford to build a house this size and not try to save as much money as I possibly could," said home builder Shannon Roberson.

A 6,300 square foot home in Craighead County...and it's being built energy efficient under the guidance of residential energy architect Doug Rye.

"I guarantee that the heating and cooling on this house to average not more than $89 dollars a month," said Rye.

Radio talk show host Rye, also known as the "King of Caulk and Talk" and the "Roy Rogers of Energy," helps people lower their utility bills by as much as 50%.

"On a 2,000 square foot house built like I teach, for about $1,500 more, you can do everything I teach with the exception of geo-thermal heating and cooling," said Rye.

And the little steps in this Region 8 home are going a long way.

"We've used the tech shield on the roof decking, we went with the bald caulking, run geo thermal heat and air, just a variety of different things," said Roberson.

"Most houses have no insulation on the corners and T's and that's why some people have mildew in some of the corners of the bedrooms, but if you look here you'll see that we just made one minor change on the framing which allows us to spray insulation into those corners and T's," said Rye.

Rye says one out of three houses in Arkansas has disconnected ductwork and energy saving can start with compact light bulbs.  But the key to saving money is caulking.

"It just keeps your air infiltration, I mean you don't have leaks, drafts," said Roberson, "That's where you lose your heat and air and that's not half of it yet.  That's not even completely doing the upstairs. There'll be a lot more."

A free Doug Rye Energy Seminar will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Craighead County Electric Cooperative. Seating is limited, so to register or for more information call (870) 932-8301.  

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