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Make your Old Home More Energy Efficient

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When your house is older than your grandparents, you may assume you’re destined to live with high energy bills. However, with the right updates, an old house can be just as efficient as newly constructed homes. These five updates range from quick fixes that can be completed in a day to major projects that require more time and a greater investment. 1. Replace lightbulbs and light switches If your home is still lit with incandescent bulbs, the easiest and cheapest way to make your house more energy efficient is to swap those out for CFL or LED ones. They are…

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Windows: To replace or to restore – That is the question.

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The condition of the existing windows will typically become a concern when planning an extensive or whole house renovation. For our discussion here we will consider a home over 100 years old with the original windows in place and having exterior metal storm windows that were installed about 30 years ago. This would be a very typical situation we would be faced with when preparing the scope of work for the renovation. The issues here are that the existing windows are uninsulated glass in sashes that may be inoperative or at the least difficult to open and when closed, leak…

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