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Home of the future, could save you a lot of money


LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- Going green and saving money at the same time is something most Americans are looking to do. One family near Lanesboro is going to the extreme doing just that, with their unique house of the future. In fact, the homeowners said they only spend an average of $10-dollars a month on a utility bill.

High atop a bluff overlooking Lanesboro, is where you'll find the house of the future.

"The house is off the grid, off the well and off the furnace, meaning. I produce my own electrical energy, I collect my own rainwater and I don't have a fossil fuel fired furnace for heating," said homeowner, Christian Milaster.

It was in 2006 Milaster's dream home became a reality, a way for him to conserve energy and be one with mother nature. The best part, in order to go green, he didn't have to give up his modern amenities.

"I wanted to make sure I have a warm house, enough water and enough electricity to do all the things I want to do," stated Milaster.

More than 95-percent of the home is sustained by natural energies, including 6 solar panels and a wind powered generator.

"I'm paying about 10-dollars a month on average for my utility bill," proclaimed Milaster.

Waste not, want not. Even natures rain provides for the family.

"The clean collection surface it's a steel roof. Then I have gutters, a cistern in the basement and a series of mechanical filters that are sufficient for taking a shower and brushing your teeth and then for drinking water we have a mounted charcoal filter,"explained Christian.

Concrete floors and walls help keep the house cool, along with ceiling fans and windows boosting a breeze for cross ventilation. As for heating the home during the chilly winters? Milaster relies on heated floors, natures sunshine and a unique stove.

"They're very different from wood stoves in that you make just one fire a day and it burns only and hour and a half, you burn it very hot and it's the 4 to 5-thousand pounds of fire stone and brick and limestone that surrounds it, and gets heated up," said Milaster.

Milaster said it's all about being pro-active, avoiding fossil fuels and thinking 10,15, even 20-years out in the future.

If you're interested in learning more about the house of the future or even purchasing the home, you can do so. The house is on the market, listed for $625-thousand dollars.

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