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MLGW and Habitat for Humanity work to build energy-efficient homes
May 11, 2007

Twelve Habitat for Humanity homeowners will receive energy efficient upgrades when their homes are built this year.

A $20,000 grant from MLGW and additional funds from gas supplier Panhandle Energy of Texas will give twelve homeowners energy-efficient upgrades through MLGW's EcoBuild program.

EcoBUILD is a voluntary "green building" program created by MLGW to stimulate energy and environmental awareness through the promotion and use of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technology, materials and techniques in new home construction.

MLGW has developed a set of EcoBUILD construction standards that exceed local building codes and common building practices. By following these guidelines, builders can construct single-family and multi-family homes that use 30 percent less energy while providing greater occupant comfort and other environmental benefits.

Once the Habitat homes are constructed and homeowners have moved in, MLGW will conduct meetings with the homeowners to discuss their homes' unique energy and environmental benefits.

Last year, MLGW partnered with Habitat for Humanity to construct seven EcoBuild Homes. The utility is currently partnering with Tennessee Valley Authority employees to construct an EcoBuild Habitat home in Memphis.

The home located just east of 678 Jennette Place will be completed and dedicated on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m.

MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 420,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County with some of the lowest combined rates in the U.S.