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UGA Ag home is super-efficient

The Farmstead is  70% more efficient than the normal conventional home The Farmstead is 70% more efficient than the normal conventional home
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Imagine living in a home that produces as much energy as it consumes!

Scientists at the UGA Tifton campus are looking at new ways to make agriculture more efficient for the local farmer.

Researchers in Tifton say their house will do just that.  The future farmstead project has been underway for the past year, and features a farm house that incorporates all the latest technology towards agriculture and efficient housing.  

It's 70% more efficient than the normal conventional home that's being built today.

"In agriculture, we think we're just all about food, but the reality is, we're about water and water quality. We're about energy now, so we can actually produce crops that will produce energy then we can design facilities like these that will also contribute to energy production as well," said Joe West, Ph.D., Asst. Dean UGA Tifton Campus.  

Students from Moultrie Technical College helped build the home.   The insulation is made from recycled blue jeans and they're working on making an edible landscape.  

The project is expected to be complete in the next five to six months.

 

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