By Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - When you walk into this half a million dollar home, saving money may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
"You'll probably save in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 percent," said Ron Hickman, General Manager of Timberton's Golf Club.
But with more than 4,000 square feet, four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, you can do just that.
"Some people think that green is going to be different, but I look at green as being more efficient," said Hickman.
Energy efficient. According to Hickman, this is the first green home in Hattiesburg. Located in Timberton's Lakeview Development it meets the National Association of Homebuilder's green certification.
"On the inside it still has that traditional home feel. It is just a lot of the stuff behind the scenes. The simple steps that went into sealing it and preventing air infiltration in the construction phase, those are things you can't see. You can't put your hands on, but when you get your energy bill you will certainly know that it's a lot more energy efficient," said Hickman.
Hickman says, with the help of a certified green professional and a home designer the construction of this home was made possible through recycled material.
"Everything from the tile that we used on the roof that reflects heat, basically reflects 95 percent of the heat, to the construction of the carpet used with some recycled material. That provides all the benefit of traditional carpet. From the sinks to the facet, to the commodes, everything has a water consumption built right in to the product. So, its saving water and still used in a traditional way," said Hickman.
Hickman says using recycled material to construct the house is not only green building but smart building.
"It varies based on what home you had before, but if you use numbers and use a 10- year- old house or a 15- year -old house. You will probably save somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 percent in terms of electrical, gas and utility savings," said Hickman.
Hickman says he sees more houses being built as energy efficient homes in the future, and if the trend continues on this water and golf course view property not only will the grass be greener on this estate, but the homes will be too.