A compressed natural gas vehicle filling station, a CNG-powered backup generator and tankless water heaters are among the clean-energy options Reeves has engineered into the 4,073-square-foot home priced in the $700,000 range.
“Living in Oklahoma, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my electric has gone out,” said Reeves. “If you want a happy wife, you need a backup generator. Natural gas doesn’t go out when the power goes out.”
The generator is a huge selling point, but the other amenities truly make this home clean and green.
Named a 2012 America’s Best Builder by Builder Magazine, Reeves likes a challenge when it comes to green building. Natural gas lights, a gas-powered pizza oven, gas heaters and a heated pool and spa grace the outdoor living area. Inside, both oven and dryer are natural gas-fed, as are the tankless water heaters.
Reeves long has partnered with Oklahoma Natural Gas and its “ONE in Energy” program. To participate, builders must make sure the primary heat source is at least 92 percent natural gas. The water heater must be primarily natural gas-fueled, and at least one other installed gas appliance must be included. An additional natural gas outlet must also be installed, and the home must score 70 or below on the Home Energy Rating System, a measure of how tightly the structure is built.
Pam Hall, regional customer development manager of new construction for ONG, is a big fan of what the house accomplishes.
“It’s absolutely awesome,” she said.
“This is really special to us because it has 15 applications of natural gas.”
Reeves said the CNG filling station in the home’s garage should be a selling point for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
According to ONG, their product is three times more efficient than electricity, with less than half the emissions of coal-generated electricity. Natural gas homes also boast a 40-percent smaller carbon footprint than total electric homes do.
While costs associated with total gas are higher up front, buyers make up for it in the long run.
U.S. Department of Energy reports show natural gas consumers can save more than $5,500 annually when they use the fuel for cooking, drying clothes and heating their homes.