Over the past few years, homeowners have become increasingly interested in energy efficiency. Older homes, by their nature, are easily adaptable, and there is so much that a homeowner can do to make their older home more energy efficient. An older home, when properly maintained and upgraded, will last for a very long time, and with high quality and energy efficient upgrades, these houses can be both economical and environmentally sustainable. The following information is provided to help inform homeowners on issues related to energy efficiency for older homes.
The City of Columbia has recently released a newsletter with information regarding opportunities for energy efficiency.
This checklist provides owners of older homes with tips for improving their home's energy efficiency. There are three areas in which homeowners can make energy efficiency gains: 1) operational changes (altering your actions and the way your house operates in order to be more energy efficient); 2) building envelope improvements; 3) upgrading equipment and appliances. Operational changes are the least expensive, while upgrading appliances is the most expensive. When making these changes within your home, it is recommended that you begin with operational changes and then progress to building envelope improvements before considering replacing any equipment or appliances.
This myth/fact sheet presents homeowners with answers to some of the most common questions related to homes and energy efficiency.
For further assistance or additional information, please contact the Planning Division, (803) 545-3222.