110-year-old Net Zero Energy Historic Renovation: Preserving History – Protecting Our Future

[Music] hi i'm matt girl cough the green renovation expert for old house web and host of green nation TV and this is my house so when my wife kelly and i first bought this 110 year old folk Victorian house it was a dream come true it had lead paint asbestos siding zero insulation and even an old gas powered lawnmower out in the shed what more can anybody ask for so on move-in day we brought two things with us a crowbar to rip up all the old carpet and a box of compact fluorescent light bulbs we replace every light socket in this house with compact fluorescents and then we added motion sensors to every light switch in the house we leave a room we forget to turn it off it turns it off for us so at the start of our renovation project this was the only bathroom in the house it was fantastic and had pink for my cat tiles an old flush toilet that flushed five gallons every time this achromat dual flush toilet which uses only point eight gallons per flush and unlike our old toilet never close but not only have we made it look great we've made it way more energy-efficient this is a one minute a gallon showerhead this is going to use a gallon and a half minute less than an ordinary showerhead so this literally will save thousands of gallons over its lifetime [Music] I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that they thought you can't put geothermal into historic house well this house proves that wrong we were able to put 350 foot four holes vertically into the backyard on a very small piece of property not only do we have a heating and cooling system that uses half the energy of our neighbors we have a house it's a whole lot more comfortable so we're all to prove that old houses can actually be the greenest houses in fact with all the renovations we've done so far we've made this house ultra efficient and we've got a ways to go we're going to take this house all the way to Net Zero meaning it's going to produce more energy than it uses so your eco geeks get ready to get geeked out because this is our watt vision Google power meter and this will tell us exactly how much energy we're consuming at any given moment and if everyone knew how much energy they were using they'd probably be using a lot less before we get the solar panels up on the roof you can see we've got a lot of work to do we've got to paint the house restore these old windows and then top it off with some really energy-efficient storm windows my daughter Jade will probably still be alive when this house turns 200 years old so restoring America's old homes is not just about preserving history it's about protecting our future so for old house Webb this is Matt broke off reminding you that the Green Revolution begins at home [Music]

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