We never seem to forget that the cost of owning a car includes the cost of gasoline. But for some reason many of us forget that the cost of owning a home includes more than a mortgage, insurance and taxes — it also includes the energy bills. Take the time to explore what local or state tax credits and incentive programs are available for investing in energy efficient products for your home. Talk to your lender about the advantages of energy efficient mortgages.

Your local electric cooperative’s energy experts and the “Building the Home of Your Dreams” manual can help you build a home that gets more “miles-to-the-gallon.” The Illinois Electric Cooperatives are pleased to provide the Illinois Touchstone Energy Home guide to Building the Home of your Dreams. This booklet has lots of great ideas on how to build an energy-efficient home that will give you and your family with a comfortable, affordable and efficient home for many years. This is the third version of “Building the Home of your Dreams.”