One of the secrets of a home’s value is its energy efficiency. After all, no one wants to pay more than they have to for appliances and utilities. And if you are looking to get some historic home restoration done, you want to know that energy efficiency will still be a priority. Therefore, there are four things to look out for in an older home regarding energy use:
Your windows take up a large part of your home. Still, far too many homeowners ignore this important aspect. The thing about older homes is that they have amazing looking windows a lot of times. The problem with these windows is that they are often only single pane windows or don’t have the proper gas in between the glazing. This can lead to your air leaking out and your bills going up by a large margin.
It’s a common issue with older homes that their HVAC system will be out of date. It won’t be that efficient. That means your energy use could be sky-high. You could be paying much more than is necessary just to keep the heat on in the winter. In addition, the summer months could mean your air conditioning is running almost without any breaks.
One of the things that people often overlook is also the lighting. They might think they are covered as long as it isn’t too bright. The reality is that older lighting in certain homes uses a lot of energy, even when it doesn’t need to. This means that you are constantly zapping your energy usage and your bills continue to grow. Look for more modern lighting solutions when remodeling a home.
Perhaps the trickiest part of energy efficiency to spot is the insulation. You simply don’t notice most of the time because you can’t see it. It takes a professional to find out whether the insulation is good or not. Luckily, they can do this pretty quickly most of the time, so there’s no need to worry about waiting.
If you are going to get an older home, then you can benefit from various aspects of it. The charm, the style, and the comfort can be ideal. Still, your energy use should be somewhat normal. Otherwise you are not being very green for the planet and you are also spending more than is necessary on your monthly bills. So use the tips above and know what you’re getting.
- Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.