Young homeowners get to know their historic home
Home Energy Savings
Arika Lycan and Mike Fry wanted to stay in the city of Ypsilanti after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. They fell in love with a historic 1920s home in Normal Park, but in doing so they knew they took on the drafts that come with an older home. With their old walls and wooden doors and windows, there were lots of places where air could leak into their home, and where heated or air conditioned air could leak out.
Their Energy Advisor from BetterBuildings of Michigan was able to help them understand the energy issues their home had and suggest ways to solve those issues! Arika said that “the audit was really affordable, and now we are better educated about our home.” Not only are they more educated, but they are saving money! After getting their home assessment, they are making plans to improve their home. As a bonus, they also got energy efficient light bulbs, new thermostat and faucet aerators installed.
Because of the incentives from BetterBuildings for Michigan, Mike and Arika can get $800 to help them replace their 22-year old furnace with a more efficient model. They are also looking into getting storm windows and storm doors to inexpensively reduce drafts. Their new furnace will use less energy to heat their home – and with storm windows helping keep the heat in, Arika and Mike will save energy and money.
“It feels good to know that there are lots of steps we can take to make our home more energy efficient and help to lower our bills as well!” Arika commented.