Vintage 1920s home goes energy-efficient

Chuck Colgan's picture

Is an 87-year-old home destined to be drafty? Shirley of North Park knows the answer is no. After enduring 13 chilly winters, she decided to make her living environment more comfortable.

“Inside this 1920s vintage house it was extremely cold in the winter and I had to wear heavy sweaters most of the time and use extra blankets,” Shirley recalls. "The bathroom was so cold that I would run a space heater in there before taking a shower.”

Shirley hired a contractor to add attic and crawlspace insulation, seal the home's air leakage, replace the ducts, replace the old furnace and water heater with high-efficiency models, and install dual-pane windows. Because the contractor was participating in Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM Home Upgrade, Shirley was able to access a rebate of $4,000.

The energy efficiency upgrades are projected to reduce the home's annual energy use by 41%. And, just as important to Shirley, "the temperature is consistent throughout all the rooms; when it is cold outside I hardly need to turn on the furnace.”

You’re invited to stop by and tour Shirley's high performance home – and meet her contractor, Leland Construction – on these dates: