In this video: A preservation expert shares how to restore an older home economically and energy efficiently.

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Talk to your utilities

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Energy rater and performance consultant

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An energy rater can help make your new home more energy-efficient through every stage of the construction process.

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Building an energy-smart house

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Energy efficient kitchen remodel

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This kitchen remodel features a new window, energy-efficient lighting, new appliances and side-wall insulation.

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Geodesic domes

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A geodesic design uses interconnected triangles to create a strong, environmentally friendly structure.

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Aging in place

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Using universal design principals, your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle needs.

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Turning a barn into an energy-smart home

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A century-old barn gets the ultimate makeover - with lots of energy-smart technology.

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Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides simple, sturdy homes. Learn how energy efficiency is a key factor in building these homes.

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Insulated concrete forms

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An insulated concrete form (ICF) system eliminates the cold drafts typical of wood-frame construction.

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