When we moved into our 1908 Foursquare in Lakewood Balmoral’s Historic District, one of the many priorities was removing the weather stripping, caulking, and plastic that the previous owners had installed to be energy efficient.  Yes, it kept some drafts away, but BOY, WAS IT UGLY!  Today our house BREATHES!  But I must confess, it breathes a bit too much…

5447 N Lakewood


We are old house purists.  We…

  • sank money into fixing the counterweights and replacing broken chains in the windows rather than installing new thermopanes
  • paid extra for antique / wavy glass when the front window cracked
  • keep the inner (air lock) door closed since we can’t bring ourselves to install a modern storm door over the beautiful oak front door, despite its sieve-like fit.


Most all of us are all looking to save energy — for the environment and for our wallets.


How do we vintage homeowners maintain the historic charm while “greening up” our houses, all while not spending our retirement nest eggs?

Finding answers to this question is my current quest.

My first stop — the National Association of Realtors’ new website — HouseLogic.  I signed up tonight, and I recommend that you do, too.  It’s chock full of articles and tips of all kinds.  My eyes were drawn to the “Do it Yourself” Energy Audit. I’m going to go read it right now…

If you’re interested in learning more about doing your own energy audit, check out these links…

Seattle’s Do it Yourself Energy Audit

Conduct your Own Energy Audit


Stay tuned as I share more ideas for greening your Chicago historic home!


Anne Rossley of Prudential Rubloff sells historic homes using tomorrow’s technologies.

She’s working on making green improvements to them, too!

To see homes for sale in Chicago, select this link or call Anne Rossley today – 773.620.5333

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