Official Spring Home Show: Making your Home more Energy Efficient

By Alyssa Donovan

February 24, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- 'Going green' is a growing phenomenon for those wanting to conserve energy and save a buck or two, but how far would you go?

Vendors at the Official Spring Home Show at the Peoria Civic Center all seem to agree there is one key element in an energy efficient home: Insulation.

President of Homeway Homes Ted Schieler said, "Better insulation is probably the main point to make your home more energy efficient."

Which is why Homeway Homes has won the first ActONEnergy award from Ameren Illinois for being 100% Energy Star compliant.

Schieler said, "The main point is our spray foam insulation that we put in all our homes, our exterior walls and our attics all have the energy strength spray foam insulation."

But if you are not in the market for a new house, experts say adding insulation to your current home can also help.

And being more environmentally-friendly doesn't hurt either.

Owner of Energy Home Insulation Inc., David LaHood said, "We don't throw anything away. We'll even save the plastic packages and make garbage bags out of them. We've become real aware of not producing garbage so we try to reuse everything."

And while turning your house into an energy efficient, environmentally friendly home could sound like a lot of work and money, Owner of Energy Conservation Specialists, Peter Kalman says it'll save you in the long run.

Kalman said, “There are all sorts of tax credits and incentive programs available to do all this work. Like Ameren very generously incentives improving the efficiency of your home. And in addition to that if you get a geothermal system the federal government gives you 30% off the total cost as a tax credit."

Kalman says those who do make changes to their house usually see a return on their investment in 3-5 years, proving why more homeowners are "going green".

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