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Visit ‘Idea House’ for energy-efficiency tips

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Salt Lake County and the Community Development Corp. of Utah are inviting homeowners interested in tips on shaving their heating bills to visit the Kearns "Idea House" Saturday for a free tour of the recently renovated energy-efficient home.

The 1,300-square-foot, three-bedroom masonry house underwent audits by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas Co. before and after improvements were made, and project coordinators estimate improved insulation, windows, appliances and a new natural gas furnace and water heater will net $700 in annual savings. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon said the project is a tool for education and community outreach on assistance programs.

"The Idea House is an excellent model to show how homeowners can use energy more wisely and may help them reduce their costs for heating and cooling their homes, which is more important to all of us," Corroon said. "The (project) is also a way for us to help residents learn about the valuable Salt Lake County home improvement assistance resources, as well as energy efficiency cash incentive programs by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas ThermWise."

The home will be open from noon to 4 p.m. and is located at 4574 W. 4865 South. Further information on home improvement programs can be found at the Community Development Corp.'s Web site, www.slcdc.org. Tips on saving on your electric bill are at Rocky Mountain Power's site, www.rockymountainpower.net for more information on energy audits and making a home more efficient.