First time homeowners get a retrofit upgrade.
This ranch house in a western suburb of Boston, the first home for a couple with two small children, was an ideal candidate for a major upgrade. Its failing siding, obsolete windows, ancient boiler, and beat-up roof — coupled with near-perfect south-facing orientation — made it a poster child for NSTAR's deep energy retrofit pilot program. NSTAR's generous funding stretched the homeowners' limited financial resources just far enough to make the project possible. Additional help came from Cambridge HEET, who became enthusiastic enough about the project to convince a large team to leave their Cambridge home base for a weekend to help the homeowners super-insulate the basement.