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If you have an old heating and cooling system, updating to a new one - such as this heat pump - may be your first energy-efficiency update.
If you live in an older home, it’s hard to know where to start retrofitting, especially if you have a tight budget and want to spread any remodeling efforts over time.
Architect Betsy Pettit, with industry expert Building Science Corporation, lays out suggestions for sequencing your efforts on the Green Building Advisor site. Her blog posting on the site is an adaptation of her article appearing in Fine Homebuilding magazine.
Her first suggestion: If you can do only one project, updating an aging heating and cooling system may provide the best bang for your buck.
However, if you plan to tackle a whole-house retrofit, she recommends starting in the basement, then moving on to these projects next:
To find out more about her recommended projects, check out her blog post on Green Building Advisor.
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