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Can This Home Be Greened? Ohio Overhaul: Giving a 1940s Home an Efficiency Upgrade

Despite an energy-conscious couple’s best efforts, their utility bills remain high. Their 1940s Cape Cod-style home needs an efficiency upgrade.



With aluminum siding, single-pane windows and an uninsulated basement, the house is drafty and inefficient.
Photo By Eric Elizondo
Homeowners Maureen and James Bumgarner need to upgrade their Cape Cod-style home's efficiency.
Photo By Eric Elizondo
Increasing efficiency by sealing leaks and installing new windows and awnings would reduce the cost of solar energy down the road.
Photo Illustration By Nate Skow
Carpet traps allergens that pets track in from outdoors.
Photo By Eric Elizondo
The home's large windows make it sunny, but single-pane glass loses a lot of heat.
Photo By Eric Elizondo
Maureen and James can refinish the hardwood under their carpet.
Photo By Philip Beaurline
Ohio offers an $8,500 incentive toward solar panels in addition to federal tax credits.











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