2 energy-efficient homes built for families in need - WKRN News 2

2 energy-efficient homes built for families in need


Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, two Middle Tennessee families are one step closer to home ownership.

Habitat Humanity works with low-income families and donors to build simple, decent homes and sell them with no profit and no interest.

Volunteers are making the dreams of Marc and Lauren Pelfrey come true, one of two couples in Fairview receiving a new home.

"It means a lot. It is very humbling and it's an amazing experience to see the community and people from all over come together for our family," they told News 2.

The homes are special, though—they're energy efficient.

"At the end of the day, when these folks move in, they are going to see power bills that are lower than average," said Chris Jones, President of Middle Tennessee Electric.

The homes are created by more than one hundred volunteers from Touchstone Energy Cooperatives across the country.

Jo Ann Emerson with the National Rural Electric Co-op said one of the cooperative's guiding principles is concern for community.

The group is in town for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's annual meeting, which kicks of Monday.

More than 8,500 leaders will attend the convention, making the event the largest held at the Music City Center.

The group says that while they're in town, they will also be spreading the message about the value of energy efficiency.

"What makes it even more special is that everyone had a hand in it, everyone who came out and volunteered; that's what's special about it," Mr. Pelfrey said.

The couple added they are grateful and looking forward to their new home.

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