Many people are surprised to learn that Habitat homes in Catawba County are extremely energy-efficient. HfH-CV partners with Advanced Energy and the Department of Energy in order to ensure that our homeowners have average heating and cooling bills of $25-$30 per month. This is accomplished by using extra insulation in the walls, attic, and crawlspace (if applicable), using Energy Star appliances and compact fluorescent lightbulbs, and having an ultra-efficient HVAC system.
HfH-CV has been a pioneer in adopting green building techniques. In 2005, we built the state’s first ‘Zero Energy House,’ which incorporates solar panels, a solar hot water heater, passive solar heating, and a geothermal system. In 2007, we were chosen as one of three Habitat affiliates to build the winning design in the NC Sustainable Building Design Competition.
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