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Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
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I'm a science writer, as opposed to an energy professional, and I joined this group to try to keep tabs on the reality of energy efficiency, and not just what people are doing in the lab.  Now,…Continue

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richard gaughan replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Thanks to all who replied with information and advice.  Just figured I'd give a bit of an update. I met with an organization dedicated to providing advice for energy savings (which, in Vermont, primarily means cutting down the heating).…"
Sep 11, 2014
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Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?

I'm a science writer, as opposed to an energy professional, and I joined this group to try to keep tabs on the reality of energy efficiency, and not just what people are doing in the lab.  Now, however, I find myself in the position of having a practical need for advice.I recently purchased a 3-story, 4-unit building in Vermont.  The building had been vacant and the (copper) baseboard radiators have been removed.  In addition, the heating oil furnace is very old, and needs replacement.  I was…See More
Aug 25, 2014
Sean Lintow Sr replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Anything is possible as I have met great independents & even great "contractor" based ones - on the other hand I have met some that are real doozies in both camps also. With that most "contractor" based ones are going to look…"
Aug 24, 2014
Hal Skinner replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Richard, One more quick question that might give a clue if you have insulation in the walls.  From the picture, I am assuming the exterior is the old redwwod 3/4"shiplap or possibly newer siding?    You can drill a 1/2"…"
Aug 23, 2014
richard gaughan replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Thanks to Hal, Bud, and David for the information. The property has been through a couple obvious upgrades. I know for certain the ceiling is insulated, and the walls are relatively new, so I'm assuming they're insulated as well. No…"
Aug 23, 2014
Bud Poll replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Oh my!!! I think it was there.  What I wanted to point out was the need to check for lead and asbestos, items which a good home inspector would surely catch.  With that many years of history there are all sorts of concerns that may not…"
Aug 23, 2014
David Meiland replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Bud, you got cutt off mid-sentence.... can you hear me now??"
Aug 23, 2014
Bud Poll replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"To add to Richards list of what might have"
Aug 23, 2014
Hal Skinner replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Hi Richard. If we are talking a circa 1900 home, is there any insulation in the walls at all?  Being a rental building I assume so to meet code requirements.  I have encountered rental homes here in my area, pre-190-50, that hve zero…"
Aug 23, 2014
David Meiland replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Bud is right on. Get a professional auditor to assess the building. Finding the right person may take some research. My question: what are the unit costs for natural gas and electricity?"
Aug 23, 2014
Bud Poll replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Hi Richard, Being a science writer and this being rental units, here is a moral dilemma you are facing, do you super insulate to reduce the heating costs or do you just let the tenants pay the bills?  A new more efficient heating system is…"
Aug 23, 2014
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Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?

I'm a science writer, as opposed to an energy professional, and I joined this group to try to keep tabs on the reality of energy efficiency, and not just what people are doing in the lab.  Now, however, I find myself in the position of having a practical need for advice.I recently purchased a 3-story, 4-unit building in Vermont.  The building had been vacant and the (copper) baseboard radiators have been removed.  In addition, the heating oil furnace is very old, and needs replacement.  I was…See More
Aug 23, 2014
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