Eco-Friendly Living

By KBJR Manager

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM CDT

If you are looking to build or remodel your home, let the Eco-Home at Hawk Ridge lead by example.

Meteorologist Shannon Murphy tells us how this house became a classroom for dozens of students from the University of Wisconsin Stout in "Your Green Life."

Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to your heating bill in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

The newly finished Eco-Home at Hawk Ridge estimates a 90 percent cut on your heating costs.

"The annual heating costs on this home are anticipated at about $300 and most people right now are paying around $300 a month to heat their homes, so this home will be at a minimum three times less to heat the home than most efficient homes in this area."

Over thirty students from UW-Stout visited the Eco-Home to learn about sustainable architecture.

There mission is to design a floor plan for a family in Wisconsin that is looking to build a home that relies entirely on renewable energy.

"It will help us to just kind of decide what's more eco friendly."

The use of solar power, better insulation, triple-paned windows, and in floor heating are all part of the ecological design.

"It may be more expensive, but in the long run it should be more affordable for people."

The building costs for zero-energy home are estimated to be about twenty percent more per square foot than the same home would have cost without all of the things that make it so environmentally friendly.

But if you are not looking to build a new home, you can always look into remodeling what you've got.

"You want to add insulation, you want to upgrade your windows, you want to make sure you house is really well sealed and protected from the air."

"If you're looking for an energy efficient health home... good news... this ones for sale and ready for sustainable living!"

At Hawk Ridge, Meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northlands NewsCenter.

If you are interested in buying the Eco-Home, it's going to only set you back 445 thousand dollars.