Green Home Giveaway Means Energy Savings for Cummins Family

Reprinted with permission from Alabama Power Company on the Alabama News Center 

By Michael Sznajderman

Kim and John Cummins love their historic bungalow home in the Avondale area of Birmingham.  But like many folks with older homes, the charm comes with some challenges.

A big one is energy use. Built before the days of air conditioning, the house was essentially designed to be drafty – to move muggy air up and out of the house during long, steamy Alabama summers.

Today, however, a “tighter” house is the way to go, so that conditioned air – in both summer and winter – doesn’t escape – along with the money the homeowner is spending on energy to keep a home comfortable.

Enter the Green Home Giveaway, a contest conducted annually by the online publication and supported by Alabama Power and other partners. Homeowners from across the Birmingham region submitted the reasons why their house should be chosen for a “green” makeover to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Three finalists were chosen, and then visitors to the website voted for their favorite. This year the Cummins family, and their 90-year-old house, took the prize.

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