Environmentally Friendly Home Open for Tours

The Prairie is the first green development in Northwest Texas.

It's just 10 minutes outside Wichita Falls and this past July we gave you an exclusive tour of one of the first homes under construction.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers got another tour of the home now that it's nearing completion and found out sustainable living may be well worth the investment.

The Prairie is designed to preserve and restore natural tallgrass prairie while incorporating sustainable practices at each home.

Developers Lynn and Tim Connolly's home is the second to go up in the green neighborhood, and they're excited to show off the near-finished product.

"It's been a wonderful learning experience," Lynn said.

The house has a roof top water collection system along with several other eco-friendly features.

"The information we're getting on our solar system is far exceeding our expectations," Lynn said.

In fact, the Connolly's just received the first electric bill for their 3,500 square foot house and it was $.61.

"They should be able to heat and cool this house with the solar panels for about $20 per month," builder Chris Miles said.

Because of the extra insulation in the walls and ceiling, outside air is filtered throughout the house every hour.

"It's like breathing fresh air. It's a healthy environment," Lynn said.

"Not only energy efficient, not only healthy, it's extremely quiet. So, wind can blow 30 mph and you won't hear it," Miles said.

Even the interior details are environmentally friendly.  No harsh chemicals or paints were used and much of the wood is reclaimed.

"The beams from the ceiling are from an old barn and the floor came out of a cotton gin. Even the sheet rock is recycled," Miles said.

You have a chance to see the Connolly's one of a kind home as they are hosting an open house the next two weekends. Any donations received will also go to a local charity.

"We're using our house as a way to benefit Faith Mission's Women's Refuge, which is dear to my heart and to education people on sustainability and hopefully have them come out and see what it's all about," Lynn said.

Tours will be given Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

There will also be another open house next weekend, Dec. 11-12, at the same times.

To get to The Prairie, take Hwy 79 toward Archer City, turn right on FM 1954, then turn right on Decker Road - The Prairie will be on your left.

For more information on The Prairie click here.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6