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A FEDERALLY-FUNDED ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME IN SAN ANGELO IS NOW READY FOR A FAMILY TO MOVE INTO. HERES MORE ON THE NEW “LEED” CERTIFIED HOME ON TONIGHTS CONCHO VALLEY GREEN.<< ITS ALWAYS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT TO FINISH WORK ON A HOUSE, BUT THIS IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER HOUSE. STEVE DIAZ OF THE SAN ANGELO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, DESCRIBES IT LIKE THIS.Steve Diaz / Community Development, Housing Program Coordinator — Community Development Division has completed constructing the first zero energy LEED Platinum HUD home in HUD history.LEED STANDS FOR Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SET OF STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTING BUILDINGS WHICH ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. PLATINUM LEED IS THE HIGHEST OF THOSE STANDARDS.Steve Diaz — Its a great project for the community, and its a project, its a home that the city of San Angelo can feel very proud of.THIS 1381 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE — THREE BEDROOM, TWO BATH — WILL BE HOME TO CAROLINE BOWMAN, HER DAUGHTER AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. IT STANDS WHERE HER OLD HOUSE USED TO BE, A HOUSE THAT HAD SEEN ITS DAY.Caroline Bowman/Homeowner– It was beyond repair. It was an older house.SHE SIGNED UP FOR HELP THROUGH THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, BUT NEVER REALIZED SHE WOULD BE PART OF SOMETHING SO UNIQUE. FOR ONE THING, THE ELECTRICITY IS GENERATED BY SOLAR PANELS ON A STORAGE SHED NEARBY.Steve Diaz — There will be days that it produces more electricity than whats required. So in that case youll see the meter actually turning backwards.AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, SHE GETS A CHECK, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO PAY AN ELECTRIC BILL.Caroline — I am so looking forward to that payback check. Come by and Ill take you out to eat or by you a soda, come on by.ALONG WITH WHAT YOU CAN SEE, THERES THE SPRAY-ON CLOSED CELL INSULATION, AND OUTSIDE AN UNDERGROUND RAINWATER AND GRAY WATER COLLECTION TANK, FOR OUTDOOR WATERING. THE YARD IS XERISCAPED, SO IT WILL NEED LESS WATER. CAROLINE BOWMAN SAYS SHES EXCITED ABOUT MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE, BUT JUST AS EXCITED TO BE PART OF SOMETHING WHICH MAY SET AN ENVIRONMENTAL EXAMPLE.Caroline — It will be a very good example, not only for the young people, but for the older people too, because theres a lot of stuff that we missed in my generation that we can now learn, so its going to be very good.>>

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