Energy saving Habitat home is dedicated

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - New homeowner Trevette Price can hardly wait to walk in the door of her new home.  A few words must be spoken first though. They come from Habitat board of directors member Delmar Robinson.

"This is a highlight for us to see a family realizing the American dream," Robinson said.

The dream became reality with the help of volunteers like Sabria Wells. When not building houses, she and her teammates play basketball for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

"It made me feel really good that I was helping someone else out, and it was definitely a different experience than I have ever done before," Wells said.

Trevette takes a look around the home, and likes what she sees.

"I'm very excited for the home," Price said. "My children are going to love especially this big yard, and I'm happy to be a homeowner.

She'll also be happy with her power bill, because every type of energy saving feature imaginable is built into this home, including extra insulation, and energy efficient appliances.

The dedication of any Habitat home is always a very special moment. But Thursday's dedication was even more special because the Price family is going to save thousands of dollars every year on energy costs.

Doug Fowler is the Habitat design manager.

"Our energy gurus told us that it should cost about $50 to $60 a month to run this house, which means a huge savings for the homeowner, especially in a hot summer like this today."

Hot or not, living in her dream home, and saving money every month is a combination that can't be beat for the Price family.

Since Hurricane Katrina struck the coast almost six years ago, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400 new homes with the help of 30,000 volunteers.

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