Tim and Angie Seager live in an 8,000-square-foot home. It has three floors and an attic. Tim custom built the house, and Angie helped pick every inch of the interior design. It’s their dream home for themselves and their six children.
But despite the home’s size, Tim and Angie Seager’s average electric bill is $50 a month. From August 2013 to August 2014, they paid less than $500. So, how does a family of eight pay so little to keep their lights on? Tim built it that way.
The Seagers bought a lot in the Anchor Hill Ranch development in Rogersville in the winter of 2011. It took them two years to build their home, and they moved in August 2013.
When planning the home, Tim looked at a lot of different sustainable options. He wanted an energy-efficient home that featured as many recycled materials as possible.
They salvaged wood from old barns to use for the floors, stair railings and ceiling beams. They found recycled rebar to use as porch railings. Doors were bought on sale at local antique shops, and the bathroom countertops are marble and granite remnants. But their biggest decision on sustainability was using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the exterior walls.
The walls are 13 inches thick—8 inches of concrete and rebar with 2-and-a-half inches of foam on each side—and act as insulators. Along with the walls keeping temperatures stable inside, the heating and cooling are on dual systems, using electricity first until gas kicks on at a certain temperature.
The Seagers wanted their home to be sustainable without causing a sinkhole of debt. Every detail was carefully planned to make sure it met the family’s specific needs.