Energy-Efficient Demonstration House in Del Paso

Stories of energy-efficient renovations often feature beautiful high-end villas. This is a blog for the rest of us. This is a story of a small, older home, where we used technology to address a range of energy use problems.

Like most houses in historic Del Paso, it was built in the fifties in a bungalow style, has alley access to a large back yard, great soil, and good water. The house was built with 920 square feet of living space, two bedrooms, one bath and a small garage. Unknown to the planning department, some time in the seventies, the garage morphed into a third bedroom. The foreclosed and vacant house was watched over by friendly neighbors and there was no vandalism. We bought it for $46,000.

We received a rehabilitation loan from the Sacramento Housing and Rehabilitation (SHRA) under their Vacant Properties Program and started renovation. The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) helped us fund some new energy saving innovations. We promised in return that we would demonstrate the innovations to the public. Monitoring equipment will soon be installed by SMUD, which will allow them track energy usage in various systems in the house for approximately two years. The monitoring will be done without intruding on the people who eventually buy and live in the house.


The house needs a career change

The house's brief career as an energy efficient demonstration house is over.  It's time to find somebody to live there.
The house has passed all inspections and is ready for sale.
The SHRA inspector, Eric Anderson, who verified that all contracted improvments were completed.
The house passed all criteria for hazardous materials, including aspestos and mold, termites and other pests,  wood rot, and lead paint.
The house was tested before and after renovation for energy efficiency.
The house was assessed and it was determined a fair market price as of September 2010 is $99,000.  It is now listed with Caldwell Banker.  The agent, Dave Campos, can be reached at (916) 478-1481.

1 comment:

  1. The “true” cost of home is not only the purchase price, but the amount that it cost to own and operate that home every month.

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