Renovation of an unoccupied foreclosure presented the homeowners opportunities to act on their concern about the environment and resource consumption. They installed a ground source heat pump (geothermal energy) for home heating and cooling, and a hybrid air source heat pump electric water heater. A Ground source heat pump (GSHP) for air heating and cooling was installed. A Heat pump paper heater (HPWH) for domestic hot water [hybrid of electric water heater and air source heat pump (ASHP)] were also installed. There is a propane tank for gas cooktop and gas fireplace (only used occasionally). They are not net zero, but are making strides towards reducing their energy consumption.
The homeowners also had new insulation installed in the home to combat energy loss and keep energy costs manageable. Interior side of the entire first floor spray foamed, with the exception of the living room. Also spray foamed second floor laundry room and bathroom, basement rim joists down to grade, and beneath the front and back porches and the attic. When the house got new siding in 2019, the exterior of the whole house was covered with 1” foil-backed insulation board. On the whole, the homeowners are pleased with the outcome because of reduced heating and cooling expenses, reduced traffic noise from added insulation, because there is now a consistent and comfortable temperature, and because of environmental peace of mind.