EcoRenovator Project House

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by Tim Fulton on September 19, 2008

I would like to introduce EcoRenovator’s first project house.  It is an old farm house in Germantown, Wisconsin.  This house was recently purchased by myself, and the goal here is to make it as efficient as possible.  The current specs are:
  • Two story farm house
  • Built in 1886
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • 4 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathroom
  • Forced air heat
  • Electric in floor heating in the kitchen
  • Hydronic in floor heating in the sun room
  • Gas water heater
[GoogleAdGoesHere]The house has had many major improvments in recent years.  Every room (except the living room) on the first floor has been remodeled or added on, and the upstairs bath has also been updated.  The roof was also replaced just this year.
Even with all the recent updates it is still an old house, and being an old house it is going to need work.  Believe me, there is no lack of avaliable work to be done either.  The previous owners thankfully did a great job with the updating they did to the house, and now its my turn to keep at it.
As of right now, the energy useage is largely unknown.  The information I got from the utility company indicated the previous owners had a year round average bill of $280.  This was with six to eight people living in the house.  I will have seven people living in the house.  So, my first goal will be to bring that $280 down under $200.  This will come from a variety of improvements that will be detailed here.
You can view the floorplan below (click to enlarge).  There are also more pictures in my intro thread on the forum.
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