Seminar tackles energy efficiency for historic homes

Published 1:36 pm Saturday, February 1, 2014

Energy efficiency and historic homes don’t always seem to go hand in hand, but a workshop in Washington will offer homeowners tips on how to cut down on energy bills while maintaining a home’s historic integrity.

According to Jennifer Brennan, Community Development Planner for the City of Washington, staff from the State Historic Preservation Office will present an overview of the restoration, repair and energy efficiency of historic windows and doors. The meeting will take place in Washington’s City Council Chambers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

“The first step is making sure they’re in good condition,” Brennan said of aged windows and doors.

Exterior storm windows, interior storm windows, installing honeycomb blinds that block UV rays and the cold, can add up to an energy rating that rivals energy efficient windows, she explained.

“Interior storms are the highest preference. They work really well because they don’t change what the exterior of your house looks like and are also easier to maintain,” Brennan said. “If you add a couple of layers, that adds to the energy efficiency.”

Restoration specialist John Wood will address why it’s important to save historic windows and doors, as well as window and door options for historic homes.

Brennan said the seminar is ideal for property owners who are in the process of, or thinking about, rehabbing their homes.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the City Planning Office at 252-946-0897.