An overcast rainy day couldn’t dampen the spirits of Matthew and Serenity Stull as they cut the ribbon on their new home on a country lane northeast of Hermiston.
The Stull family has become the first beneficiary of a program to help UEC members replace older manufactured homes with energy-efficient models.
A ribbon-cutting Thursday, Jan. 12 marked the first manufactured home to be replaced and occupied in a program that combines the efforts of UEC, state and federal agencies.
The Stulls have operated Parkins Garage Door Company for a dozen years. They have two children, ages 7 and 10, and are committed to raising them in the community where they both grew up. They also have a small farming operation on Columbia Lane.
To maximize energy savings, year-around comfort and healthier indoor air, the Stulls have replaced their 1984 doublewide with a Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Certified Home, known as NEEM, purchased from Oregon Trail Homes in Hermiston.
“It’s a wonderful program and it’s worked well for us,“ Serenity Stull said. “We can continue to grow on property we own, without having to move or build a new home.“
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