Greening Your Historic Home

For many people, “going green” sounds like a tedious chore which requires plenty of out-of-pocket expenses. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than it sounds and every small effort makes a difference.

One of the first steps towards a cleaner, safer planet starts at home. If you’ve ever wished to maintain your historic Beacon Hill home using a more sustainable approach, that will not only benefit you and your family but the environment as well, now is your chance.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association and Historic New England invite residents to an evening of tips and suggestions to help kick start eco-friendly projects in your home. Join speakers Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England and Mark Kiefer, architectural buff and member of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, on Wednesday, October 17 at the Harrison Gray Otis House, as they prepare residents for simple and cost-effective energy upgrades, traditional building-envelope repairs, and weatherization plans.

“By maintaining rather than replacing existing buildings or architectural features, preservation reduces the consumption of scarce natural resources and mitigates the environmental impacts associated with new construction” says Mark Kiefer.

Enjoy wine and cheese and an optional tour of the Otis House beginning at 5p.m., before making your way to the lecture at 6p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Historic New England and the BHCA. Admission is $15 for members of either organization or $25 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact the Beacon Hill Civic Association at (617) 227-1922.

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