VIDEO: Blu prefab homes cut monthly home energy expenses

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
VIDEO: Blu prefab homes cut monthly home energy expenses

Zipping around in a hybrid or electric car often identifies the owner as someone who has thought about fuel prices as well as their personal impact on the environment.

Bill Haney, CEO of Blu Homes, maker of folding, steel-framed, eco-friendly prefab homes, compared building an energy-efficient house to be the housing equivalent of driving a hybrid or electric car.

In a recent announcement, Haney said that Blu Homes’ steel-framed structures cost on average 50 percent to 70 percent less than a conventional home.

“Just as we make the investment to buy a hybrid or electric car because it will cost far less in the long run and because it reflects our personal values, many people are starting to think about building homes that operate under the exact same principle,” Haney said. 

Haney noted that residential energy consumption alone produces over 35 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“The built environment is a huge consumer of energy,” said Dr. Alan Hirschowitz, senior scientist, Natural Resource Defense Council. “Highly-efficient building systems like those of Blu Homes can make a dramatic contribution to reducing our dependency on foreign fuels, dropping our nation’s energy consumption, reducing our individual carbon footprints and creating a healthier environment.”

This winter, Blu Homes’ clients have noticed the benefits of comfort and energy savings that result from Blu’s combination of high-quality insulation, radiant flooring heat, a high-efficiency HVAC system and passive energy optimizing designs.

“It’s been one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory, but the passive solar light and natural beauty outside feel like they’re ‘entering in’ from the big windows, keeping it warm and comfortable inside, while keeping our energy bills low,” said Long Island, N.Y., Blu home owner Chris Howitt. “And we absolutely love the radiant flooring; it heats our home wonderfully.”

Further supporting the hybrid comparison, Blu recently re-engineered its beautiful and spacious Breezehouse for maximum energy efficiency. Blu Homes co-founder Maura McCarthy is available for expert comment on the changing landscape of housing in the United States, and on lowering home operating costs through smart design.

Haney said that Blu’s proprietary steel framing creates a strong, tightly-insulated home that can fold up, making transportation to a homeowner’s site cost- and energy- efficient. “Within the home, features like radiant heat flooring, solar and water catchment capabilities make the homes’ energy consumption smart and hybrid-like,” he said.

Watch this video of a Blu House delivery, courtesy of the DIYNetwork:


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Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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