Energy Efficiency in Old Homes

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One of the most challenging issues facing owners of older and historic houses is how to make your home more energy efficient without damaging or compromising its historic architecture and fabric. Learn common sense ways to make an old house more energy efficient and hear about recent developments in weatherization at Historic New England, which has made significant energy improvements to its properties without damaging historic fabric. Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager at Historic New England, will present a historic preservation perspective on insulation, air sealing, mechanical upgrades and other energy retrofit opportunities in existing homes.

Sally is an architectural historian, formerly a Preservation Planner in Cambridge, and manages Historic New England’s Historic Homeowner membership program which provides technical assistance to old house owners, including help with paint color selection.  She is a frequent speaker on period appropriate paint colors, and on energy conservation in old houses.