Bob Vila Radio: Deep Energy Retrofits

The next generations will face fuel costs so high, they’ll make the standard twentieth-century under-insulated stick-built home a dinosaur.

Deep Energy Retrofit

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Listen to BOB VILA ON DEEP ENERGY RETROFITS, or read the text below:

There’s some dazzling technology out there for building new homes better and more energy efficient, but what about the majority of us who are stuck with older ones?

Deep energy retrofits are more than just adding weather stripping and replacing light bulbs. They’re full-on systems thinking in practice, renovation programs that make older housing stock, in all its many shapes and sizes, livable for generations to come.

Deep energy retrofit teams look at a range of cool tools and products for insulating, sealing, heating and cooling that are as varied and quirky as the homes we live in. And in some areas, the government will even help you out!

Check the department of energy’s website to see if there’s a deep energy retrofit program in your area, and make your old house a home for the future!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on insulation and energy-saving, consider:

Home Energy Audit
Quick Tip: Proper Insulation is the Key
How To: Save Energy at Home