New home in Mount Horeb named one of the greenest in the state

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED Tuesday, April 22, 2014-- 5:30 p.m.

A house in Mount Horeb looks like any newly built house but almost every aspect of it is energy efficient. From the lighting to the heating to even the paint on the walls, dozens of carefully thought out designs make it one the greenest homes in the state.

"All lighting is either led or compact fluroescents, the fridge is high efficiency, the water is a water sense faucet," said Kellen Anderson and he showed NBC15 reporter Britni McDonald around his new home.

Kellen Anderson thought of everything.

"I wanted to bring all that I learned over the years be able to put it into one house," said Anderson.

Growing up on a farm in Dodgeville and having owned a carbon offset company, efficiency's always been a part of Anderson's life. For his first home, he went above and beyond.

"A lot of builders will go out and build a very efficient home but there's gaps. I came in and tried to fill in the gaps that weren't being filled by everyone else."

On the national home energy rating system, lower rankings mean less energy use. Anderson's falls well below the average, ranked at 42, which exceeds the EPA's requirements to be certified as an Energy Star home.

"There are only two that I know of in the state that have actually built Energy Star houses," said energy certifier, Kurtis Anderson.

"The big things were insulation, reduced air infiltration. I really focused on eliminating any air gaps," said Anderson.

This energy efficiency comes at a cost. Anderson says it added about $12,000 to the overall price tag. But the Energy Star report calculates an estimated savings of more than $1,100 a year in utilities.

"If you can be efficient from the get-go, its only going to make your pocket book not get hit as much," said Anderson.

The house was finished just in time for Earth Day. Anderson moves in on Saturday. He says you don't have to build a new house to be energy efficient. A lot of what he did you can do too, like sealing up air ducts or replacing old windows.


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