Super Green Home Slashes Electricity Bill

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

A couple in Blair is saving big bucks every month and helping the environment. They made it their mission to build a home that was as energy efficient as possible.

“Think green” is written on the chalkboard at Karen and Darren Dageforde's home.

“We’ve always been very interested in being energy efficient,” says Karen Dageforde.

But when the couple built their home in they took the idea of thinking green to a whole new level.

They installed 18 solar panels on their roof that produce so much energy they went on a five month streak of paying zero in energy bills. Over the summer it costs less than three dollars to cool their almost 3,000 square foot home.

“Basically OPPD owed us instead of us owing them.”

The couple also installed a large tube in their backyard that helps provide fresh air for their heating and air conditioning systems.

“That’s our fresh air intake, basically we go straight down ten feet we go down the hill and work our way around and end up back in the house,” says Darren Dageforde.

It doesn’t matter what the air temperature is outside, the air that comes into the house is always 60 degrees. In addition to the intake system, the floors and walls are made of concrete, which helps the home stay insulated, cutting down on energy costs.

The Dageforde’s hope their super green home will inspire others.

“We did it and we did it, its easy, it was using proven technology that already exists and it cost no more than a standard home,” says Karen Dageforde. “Even if they want to take a little part it makes them think gosh I can do it.”

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