Innovative approach to energy is taking Atmautluak by surprise
Some new home fashions are making an impact in Atmautluak, and residents are hoping it is a sign their heating bills are going to decrease.
Nope, these homes have nothing to do with insulation or energy-efficient furnaces. Using dehydrating toilets, they use human waste to power the furnace.
The homes are also pre-assembled and shipped in pieces for the contractor to put together. This makes construction a matter of days, according to an article in the Alaska Dispatch.
Since fuel costs about $7 per gallon in the area, the Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center reports converting the waste will significantly reduce energy costs, making the expensive homes a bargain in the end.
Homes with the unique power system are sold for $250,000 to $270,000, not including assembly.