Companies offer energy efficient alternatives for the home

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Home Show is full of products designed to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

The folks at Godby Heating Plumbing and Electrical say installing the next generation of programmable thermostats is a good place to start.

“People who have put this thermostat in, they don’t go to their thermostat anymore. They control their home by their smart phone,” said Godby HPE Vice President Kevin Greisl.

The smart device even learns your comfort preferences.

Over time it adjusts temperatures to keep you comfortable and save energy.

“It can monitor your sump pump, it can monitor your furnace. So if there is anything running or not running that is supposed to it will let you know that right there on the spot,” Geisl said.

The thermostat costs around $300 installed.

From heating your home, to heating your water, a company called Grundfos offers a hot water pump designed to save you money and time.

“This ensures that when you turn on that hot water in the morning your shower is hot you can step right in,” said Fred Bock, Grundos vice president of Marketing.

The pump attaches to your water heater and circulates hot water continuously.

The company says if you have to wait a full minute for your shower to warm up, then a family of four wastes close to 6,000 gallons of water each year.

“Obviously saving water is a big thing and saving time is a big thing,” Bock said.

Bock says purchasing the pump and having a plumber install it will cost a homeowner between $500 and $700.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leakage can contribute to as much as 50 percent of a buildings energy loss.

Foam insulation drastically reduces the leaks. Eco Comfort, an insulation company out of Anderson, offers a spray foam product designed to drastically reduce air leaks.

“The foam will create an air tight home, that lets you and your home as you are conditioning your air, keep it in for a longer period of time,” said product consultant Armin Nosic.

Nosic says more and more home builders are using foam insulation rather than fiberglass or cellulose products. He says the foam can cut heating and cooling costs by up to 50 percent.

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