26 Jul '17, 3pm

Two MN households taking climate action in their own hands: going off natural gas entirely (with today's tech).

Two MN households taking climate action in their own hands: going off natural gas entirely (with today's tech).

If you’re like me, nothing beats the charm of an older home. Whether it’s a darkened oak built-in buffet or classic crown molding in the living room, these characteristics are irreplicable in new homes. Then again, compared to new construction, older houses tend to be drafty, have older fossil fuel-based heating (and often no cooling system), and include fun quirks that add to your utility bill and energy footprint. During my days as a residential energy auditor, we’d look at older houses and recommend adding attic and wall insulation and upgrading the heating system, but that’s about all we could suggest. The good news is that in the past few years, new technologies have come onto the market that allow our beloved old homes to begin to go beyond basic retrofits. Replacing natural gas wherever possible with clean electricity is a key piece of the puzzle. As wind and solar ...

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