Are old houses doomed? The conflict between historic preservation and energy efficiency

I’ve often wondered how old homes will continue to appreciate when home building technologies are improving exponentially.  I love old homes and architecture (I’m originally from New Orleans) and connected with this preservationist’s struggle to make his home energy efficient.

Happy Savings,


My wife and I always wanted an old house. McMansions leave us cold — although, after all the time, money, and sweat we’ve poured into our place, I’m beginning to see their attraction. Our efforts last year reduced air leakage by just over 10 percent, which was deflatingly meager. After more weatherizing, the house is comfier, with fewer drafts, a more uniform temperature, and a slower cooling-off rate in winter. But I still dread the day of the month when we get our heating bill.

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