Love Your Old Home: the workbook

How to improve energy efficiency while preserving your home’s heritage

16 September 2014

Old homes - how can you make them more energy efficient while protecting their heritage? We've put together a new workbook to help you.

If you live in a draughty victorian terrace, you are probably keen to make it better at heating up and staying warm, while costing you less in energy bills. But you'll also want to maintain its historical charm and character, which might mean keeping the original windows and doors, for example. If you live in a Conservation Area, or your home is listed or otherwise historically interesting, you also probably need to get planning permission to make modifications.

We're currently working with the National Trust and English Heritage to produce a range of guidance on this topic, both for local authorities and planners, and for people who live in older, traditional homes.

For homeowners, we have just developed a 'Love Your Old Home' workbook, which guides homeowners through a four-step process to find out what makes their home historically significant, and what that means for the types of energy efficiency improvements they could make.

Our Home Energy Team advisors will also be on hand at Tyntesfield House on 27-28 September, speaking to members of the public and giving energy saving advice. This event is part of the National Trust's 'Green Living' weekends, where visitors can get behind-the-scenes tours to see how National Trust properties generate their own renewable energy. More on that here.

 Image: 'whatsthatpicture' collection, flickr

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