JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A net-zero energy home featured on this season of the PBS favorite, “This Old House” was built in Rhode Island.
Don Powers and his family recently bought a 1920s cottage in Jamestown.
An architect himself, Powers brought his old home into the 21st century by making it “net-zero capable,” meaning the house is capable of producing as much electricity as it consumes.
The home features a solar panel system and heat recovery system, plus energy efficient appliances, windows and lighting.
Powers said while a home like his is an investment that may cost a little more, there are quick fixes any homeowner can do for less and by themselves.
“Something like air sealing is something you can do on a weekend,” Powers said. “You go to a home store and buy expanding foam and you can go around your basement and seal up all the cracks where the floor meets the foundation. You can seal up around windows and doors and that will have a huge effect on the amount of energy you use.”
There’s also a statewide initiative to use clean energy in Rhode Island.
In March 2017, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced a strategic goal to increase the state’s clean energy ten-fold by the end of 2020 – achieving a total of 1,000 MW of clean energy projects.
This season of “This Old House” began airing in October and runs through January.