TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Soon you will be able to tour new, energy-efficient homes that no one has seen before. Builders are putting the finishing touches on beautiful Tyler houses to be featured in this year's Parade of Homes.
All 28 homes on this year's parade route are built with green features.
Builder Robert Aiken showed how he used mainly compact fluorescent lighting and as many Energy-Star appliances as possible.
Kathey Comer with Tyler Area Builders says they also come with cheaper price tags now.
"When all of this was new it was much more expensive, but now when you go to buy appliances, ask about Energy-Star features, ask about energy efficiency and you'll find out that in the long run you will save a great deal of money," said Comer.
Aiken says the foundation of an energy-efficient home is in the insulation.
"Some of the guys are using foam in attics which works really well," he explained. "Some people foam houses entirely. I'm doing a hybrid approach."
He says you will also get the best bang for your buck in quality air conditioning systems.
There is even quality in the walls. Instead of oil-based paint, Aiken uses water-based paint in his homes which contain far less harmful chemicals.
"If you don't put pollutants into the house, it's a lot easier to have a healthy home," said Aiken.
"If you're thinking of remodeling, redecorating, certainly if you're thinking about building you need to see the parade," said Comer.
Some homes even feature things like bamboo flooring or solar panels which can generate tax credits.
There is only one real Tyler Parade of Homes, and it runs June 5th - 13th.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. A percentage of each ticket is donated to Azleway Boys' Ranch and Breckenridge Village.