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John Lumkes, Purdue Ag and Bio Engineering, on Home Construction and Energy Use--Purdue News

September 8, 2008

Multicar garages, vaulted ceilings, in-ground swimming pools and kitchens the size of small cafeterias often are the kinds of features people want when they build homes. They might not give as much thought to energy efficiency, said a Purdue University agricultural engineer. 

"Without adding much more to the cost of a new home, you can build a house that uses less than half the energy that it normally would," said John Lumkes. "You can often recoup the cost of making your home more energy efficient within the first five years."

Lumkes will share energy saving ideas during Energy Efficiency for Households, Farms and Small Business. The trade show and forum takes place from 2-7 p.m. EST Thursday (Sept. 11) at the White County Fairgrounds Community Building. The fairground is located a quarter mile north of U.S. 24 on County Road 25 in Reynolds.

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