When Diane and her father built this house in the 1970s, they used state-of-the-art materials for that time and built with efficiency in mind. But over time, things that had been tight weren’t so tight anymore. It took four cords of wood to keep the house warm, and they often had to stoke the... Read More
The basement of this 1835 Rockland, Maine home was something else. There was the 70 year-old woodstove – “it heated the cellar really well, and eventually some of that heat filtered upstairs” – and the coal boiler fueling a DIY radiant heat system. There was also water - almost a foot of it... Read More
Bowers Mansion is a 3500 square foot historic home in Saco, Maine. Built in 1885, the balloon-framed home had long, uninsulated chases behind every wall. Even with a third of the house closed off and the thermostats low, heating to a livable temperature took a whopping 1800 gallons of oil.
The real estate listing promised that this 1995 Belfast farmhouse was energy efficient, but moisture problems prompted a major overhaul before the new owners went through a winter.
This 3000 sq. ft. home in Rockland was built in 1895 and historically used 1000 gallons of oil, six cords of wood and 4,800 kWh of electricity annually.
This stately 1895 Victorian has been lovingly restored by its present owners with breathtaking historical sensitivity. Just as sensitive to environmental impacts, they installed a wood pellet boiler in the effort to reduce fossil fuel use. Having an energy audit and installing the recommended... Read More
This 1800’s cape qualified for the first 50% energy reduction incentive of $3,000 from the Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program. The home is beautifully renovated on the interior but the wet, drafty basement, lack of wall insulation, and leaky attic all caused the home to be very hard to... Read More
In the last week of December 2009, this 1980’s raised ranch was the first home to qualify for an Efficiency Maine's Home Energy Savings Program incentive of $1500 for completing an energy efficiency project estimated to save at least 25%. The home is heated with propane using a direct vent wall... Read More

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new england home in winter
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter along Maine’s central and southern coast, and that has many homeowners bracing themselves for indoor drafts, cold floors, and hard-to-heat rooms. But what if... Read more