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Can You be Energy Efficient in a Historic Home?

Energy efficiency is key to not only lowering your monthly heating and cooling costs, but doing your part to limit your impact on the environment. But, in a historic home or even an older home, you may feel you are limited when it comes to improving energy efficiency. 

Most historic properties do have energy-saving physical features that offer great thermal performance. In fact, studies by the Energy Research and Development Administration show that homes between 1940 and 1975 are the least energy efficient – so if your historic property was built before that, you are probably already saving. 

Historic properties have rooftop ventilators, skylights, operable windows and were built with thermal properties in mind. But, there are still ways you can improve your energy efficiency. Before making any modifications, contact a historic preservation contractor to see what can be retrofitted in your home and how you can do it. Some things you can try include: 

If you have a historic property that needs work or you want to look for creative ways to make it more energy efficient, contact the historic preservation contractors at Spectra Company for a no obligation estimate.

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