Energy Advice for the Older Home

Do you live in a historic home? Are you wondering how to lower your energy bills without losing features that give your house its character? Are you concerned about how your decisions might affect the long-term maintenance or condition of your home? This guide is designed to help you make decisions about how to increase your home's energy performance in a way that maximizes energy savings while preserving the historic character of your home.

Historic homes were constructed using different techniques and materials than most modern structures. They were typically built with environmentally-friendly features such as:

  • Thick walls
  • Light-reflecting finishes
  • Operable windows and shutters
  • Vents
  • Awnings and porches to provide shade
  • Locally-sourced materials

Older homes can be made more energy efficient. They simply need to be treated with a thoughtful, whole-house approach.