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Habitat for Humanity Energy Star open house
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Monday, June 10, 2013 11:54 AM

OTTAWA – Interested in how to make your home more energy efficient? On Saturday, June 15, Putnam County Habitat for Humanity will host an Energy Star open house from 9 a.m.-noon at its current construction site at 1376 N. Defiance St. in Ottawa.

Builders, suppliers and anyone interested in energy saving home construction techniques are welcome to attend. Construction manager Paul Recker and other construction volunteers will be available to explain energy saving techniques being used in the home.

All of the homes constructed by Habitat for Humanity in Putnam County have been built to Energy Star standards. The first five homeowners are showing significant heating and electric bill savings. In January 2011, the first homeowner in Ottawa reported his combined gas and electric bills total $65 for a 1,100 square foot home.

The 2013 Ottawa home is being constructed to Energy Star 3.0 standards and Enterprise Green Community specifications. The drywall will not be installed at the time of the open house so visitors can see the raised heel trusses, 2x6 studs, how the insulation is blown in the walls, that all the cavities are caulked, how air is circulated in the home and other techniques used to keep energy bills low. Green construction materials are being used to lower the chemicals used in the home, making the home a much healthier living environment.

The public is invited to view the home any time between 9 a.m.-noon June 15. The home is sponsored by the Whirlpool Corporation.