There is a good chance that if you own an historic home, you are the envy of most of the people on your block. Not only do you get protection rights from your city – and maybe even subsidies for repair and maintenance – but you also get to live in a piece of the past – a beautiful emblem of how society used to live. The only downside to this is that it can be hard to save energy. In the old days, fuel was cheaper and there were other means to keep cool and warm during the more extreme seasons. Plus, people never really thought about a world where global warming is a constant threat. Here is some energy saving advice for historic homeowners.
- Insulate your hot water heater. One of the biggest costs that historic homeowners have to incur has to do with heating up water and the energy it takes to retain hot water. It may seem like a simple task, but heating up water in a historic home is difficult. This is why you want to insulate the heater – to make sure the water stays hotter for longer – without having to use extra energy to keep it hot.
- Get an energy audit. If you own an historic home, getting an energy audit is par for the course. You want a professional speculator to come through and analyze all the facets of your home – from the basement foundation to the roof. When it comes to saving on your monthly energy bill, an energy analysis is a critical first step. Once you have a full breakdown of all major energy leaks, you can take measures to seal them.
- Seal major air leaks. It is also important to seal every air leak your energy auditor can find. For instance, if you have major leaks in your windows, you want to reseal the windows with caulking. While you don’t want to take away from the grandeur of your home, you want to add better sealant and insulate wherever your old home needs it. This will drastically improve energy efficiency in your historic home. Plus, it’s easy to do.
- Insulate walls. There is a good chance that your historic home doesn’t have proper insulation. Most homes that are seventy, or more, years old don’t have insulation – unless they were updated later. If your home doesn’t have insulation, you want to add it where you can. For instance, you want to place insulation panels in the attic, so that your home can retain heat more efficiently. You may also want to add insulation around any other areas that are deemed necessary.
- Reseal windows, don’t replace them. Many historic homeowners are torn between sealing and replacing their windows. The right choice is to reseal. Completely replacing the windows won’t only take away from the aesthetic value of your home – it will also take away from your home’s resale value. In the end, you always want to take the less noticeable and less impactful measure to make sure your older home is impervious to energy leakage.