Part one: "Before" kitchen

Tour the "before" kitchen of the Brink family and see what energy-efficiency upgrades they have planned.

Part two: Meet the contractors

Meet the lighting, insulation and window contractors working on this kitchen remodel.

Part three: Tour of finished kitchen

See the complete kitchen that features a new window, energy-efficient lighting, new appliances and side-wall insulation. It looks great and will help save energy.

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