Couple builds green home at the height of the housing bust

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:29

A home in Provo, Utah, is demonstrating the power and sensibility of investing in green materials and technologies. The Daily Dispatch reports that Carol and Lawrence Waters were in the middle of building their home in Provo, the third largest city in Utah, during the height of the housing bubble in 2007. During that time, the average cost of building a new home in Provo was $130 a square foot - more than the current $110 today. The Walters choose to spend $140 a square foot in an effort to install the latest in green technologies and reduce the overall operational expenses associated with running a home. 
The New England farm-styled house is heated with solar panels during the winter and cooled with a passive solar design in the summer. According to the news source, 30 solar panels sit on top of the roof of the house and generate enough electricity to provide for the couple to run the property and even sell back some of the energy to local utility companies. 
"The reason we produce more electricity than we use is because we are careful about what we put in the house - light bulbs, fixtures," Carol Walters told the news source. "We hang our clothes to dry. We try to make sure lights are off when we leave a room." 
The couple have further decreased the costs associated with running the property by installing a radiant floor heating system. The eco-friendly option is more effective at filling a room with warmth and requires less energy to do so than traditional heating options. When combined with high-quality insulation and run off renewable resources, this utility device is the ideal solution for an environmentally conscious homeowner.