San Diego Home Blends Craftsman Beauty with Modern Energy Efficiency

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Couple standing in front of energy-efficienct home

When Michael and Jessica Wolf bought their 1911-built Craftsman home in the South Park area of San Diego, it came with the original furnace and a lot of air leakage. "The house was very drafty with air coming in through the windows and floors," recalls Michael.

To make the home more comfortable, the couple incorporated energy upgrades into their remodel plans. Improvements included new ducts, air sealing, attic and wall insulation and a tankless water heater. They also had dual-pane windows and ENERGY STAR appliances installed.

A $3,500 rebate through Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM Home Upgrade and an FHA 203(k) loan helped make the project more affordable.

The upgrades are projected to reduce the home's annual energy use by 35%. And Jessica reports, "In the winter, we no longer have to bundle up to sleep, and when we use the furnace the warm air stays in the house."

The public will have a chance to tour the home on three upcoming Saturdays. Visitors will get to meet the homeowners, their contractor and experts from CCSE.

"We're proud of what we did and are pleased to show our neighbors the opportunities available to fix up their homes and make them energy efficient," Michael said.

Open for Tours

At 1421 Grove Street, San Diego, CA 92102 See map