Diane Menke of Myers Constructs says, “Don’t tear out your old windows or buy geothermal until you do the really easy stuff like insulating and changing out water-hogging toilets.” Myers Constructs has been improving the energy efficiency of older Philadelphia, PA homes for many years. Diane and Tamara have used their experience to create a home checkup program that can be custom-made to suit you and your older or historic Philadelphia home.
Myers Constructs can help you find that starting point and help you begin making your older home more energy efficient. Their base-line maintenance program will address the most basic and simplest issues, such as:
- Clean the gutters
- Touch up varnish
- Paint and caulk
- Oil decks
- Fix sticky door locks
- Repair broken screens
- Find and seal water leaks
Home energy auditor
Myers Constructs works with carefully selected BPI certified energy auditors who specialize in older and historic homes. The auditor will assess your home’s energy efficiency by testing the performance of your appliances and fixtures, and by examining your home’s overall structure for areas of energy waste. The auditor then consults with Myers Constructs to develop the best and most cost-effective plan to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Myers Constructs has a whole-home planning program to help you with the long-term goals you have for your home. You have questions when you decide to improve your home’s energy efficiency, add a bedroom, or even renovate the existing kitchen. Your questions may include:
- When can we afford to do what?
- What renovations can we afford in order to enjoy our home now and to make it easier to sell later?
- Do we want to sell? If so, when?
- How does our home compare to our neighbors’? Is it missing something, like a powder room or a master suite?
- Why is our home’s appraised value so low at present?
Myers Constructs can help you answer these questions and many more; they will help secure your future plans for your home.
Financial incentives available
There are a number of tax credits and rebates available to encourage homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. You can find incentive programs through:
- U.S. Department of Energy
- Federal Housing Administration
- State of Pennsylvania
- City of Philadelphia
- PECO Smart Ideas® Programs
Older homes can be energy efficient too
Making your older or historic home more energy efficient means taking steps to reduce the amount of water and energy your home uses to function properly and provide you with the necessary amenities and your desired comforts. Yes, older homes can be energy efficient too. Myers Constructs can improve your home’s energy efficiency by 20 to 30 percent and you will see a return on your energy efficiency investment within two to three years.