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August 01, 2021 | Tom Ballard

EPB, Habitat and others partner on guide to building highly energy-efficient homes

Chattanooga’s EPB is widely known for the first-in-the-nation gigabit network that it deployed, but we were reminded that it is also the community’s electric utility provider when this news release (EPB Zero Energy Habitat for Humanity Home Release) arrived last week in our email.

EPB, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, and green|spaces have partnered to develop a very cost-effective way to build highly energy-efficient homes that also provide health and environmental benefits. According to the announcement, the partners worked with the buyer of the home to test the new home-building guideline and measure the results.

After monitoring the home’s energy consumption during the first year of occupation, the partners found that the owner saved more than $500 a year compared to the average residential monthly bill in the EPB service territory. The EPB Zero Energy Resource Guide is now available free of charge for all homebuilders in the EPB service area and the EPB Energy ProsSM are available to provide free consultations in following the guidelines to achieve optimal results for homebuyers.

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