24 Apr '11, 1am

Historic Home Produces More Energy Than It Consumes

Historic Home Produces More Energy Than It Consumes

In addition to installing solar panels, the Grocoffs improved their home’s windows, added weatherstripping and installed a geothermal heating and cooling system. Those fixes, plus careful living, have reduced the home’s energy load by 70 percent—and all the while the Grocoffs have kept the National Trust for Historic Preservation folks happy. “This is not a gut rehab or a pre-recession large-scale remodel,” Matt says. “This is an affordable and practical restoration that we hope is an example for others to follow.” You would never know the Grocoffs’ All-American home with the classic front porch is “green”—until you get a glimpse of the solar panels blanketing the south-facing roof.

Full article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-home-living/histor...

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