Montana

Jan 19, 2013 9:43 PM by Ben Trotter - MTN News

Montana home to be heated only by sun

BELGRADE - Across the state, residents have been coming out for the national day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Habitat for Humanity project in Belgrade is working on a solar passive home, a house designed to be heated only by the sun.

"When all is said and done, the concept is to basically not need a heater and conserve energy," says Project Manager Kevin King.

The house is designed as an airtight cube, which will keep in more heat. The windows will be triple-paned glass, collecting the sun's energy, and heating the concrete floor, which in theory radiates the heat outward.

While the building price is 15-20 percent higher than that of a normal house the same size, builders say savings are realized in the long run, as utility costs are radically reduced.

King said, "Once the partner family gets to move in here, the power bill should be really low and be able to be maintained."

Habitat for Humanity has been helping build homes for people in need since 1976.

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