Winter reared its proverbial head this morning with the first frost of the season. We knew it was coming but we are never quite ready. Now the concerns of high oil prices and energy costs becomes a vital concern for homes in the Historic District. Many are asking about solar panels as a major cost reduction and they can be provided they meet the requirements of historic appropriateness and not appear on the front roof of the house. If they can only be mounted on the front elevation, there are some unique ways to camouflage the design with solar panels imbedded in the shingles or with a shed dormer that is hollowed to make room for the solar panels.
The Historic Act also encourages the use of vinyl and replacement windows. Windows are a major source of heat loss and provide a huge opportunity for cost savings. The thermal pane/double glass type windows in wood or vinyl are encouraged and in many cases can be approved as an Exemption.
Weather-stripping and other forms of storm windows are used throughout the Historic District, as well.