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Making Building $ense in Hopkinsville
To spur interest in building energy-efficient homes, Hopkinsville Electric System, along with TVA, has constructed an energy-efficient demonstration home. “The $ensible Living Home is designed to incorporate the best of today’s energy-thinking concepts,” comments HES Energy Services Coordinator Lynn Clark. Like many other homes built in the area, the $ensible Living Home has been built to energy right and ENERGY STAR requirements to ensure the home is comfortable and economical to operate. And not only was it rated ENERGY STAR for energy efficiency, it exceeded the rating and qualified for the $2,000 energy-efficient tax credit for new construction. Clark adds, “The purpose of the project is to position ourselves as leaders on energy choice, promote and educate the community on the wise use of electricity, while showcasing the newest products on the market.” The completed home was showcased at the 2008 Hopkinsville Home Show. “HES partnered with local home builder David East, East Construction, and several other home-building suppliers to offer the opportunity to be a part of this unique community-effort project in exchange for the exposure gained from showcasing their work and products.”
After showcasing the home to more than 500 visitors, HES has now made it available for sale to the public with profits going to the Hopkinsville / Christian County Habitat for Humanity.