Many times, we discuss the energy saving practices available nowadays with the construction of new homes. For many of us though, we live in a much older home that pre-dates any of these new innovations. Does that mean that we can’t be energy conscious?
It might surprise you to learn, that older homes can actually be a lot more energy efficient that even new homes. How so? Lets see a few of the ways:
A lot more historic homes were built using brick or masonry. Walls built with these types of materials are often very thick and retain heat very well.
Unlike windows in modern homes today, which often have more of them than is needed, for aesthetic purposes, old homes have windows that were positioned for efficiency of light and ventilation. In this way they are more energy efficient. Windows were often designed to include shutters, curtains and drapes, which also keeps them better insulated.
In hotter parts of the country, the exterior of older homes were painted lighter colors in order to reflect the hot sun. This means that the interiors are cooler.
Many historic homes that were built in warmer areas were also built with features like exterior balconies, porches, wide roof overhangs and trees positioned for shade.
If you live in a historic home, why not take a look and see what you can do to make the most of these energy saving features?