Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.
Scott Willenbrock’s two-story brick home in Champaign looks like any other. Built in 1929, it used to be drafty, racking up big energy bills. It would leak heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.
“I thought it was a lost cause,” said the University of Illinois physics professor.
But after doing some research, he discovered it wasn’t. He weatherized the home, sealing cracks and adding insulation. He put in LED lightbulbs and replaced appliances, installing a heat-pump dryer that dehumidifies clothes. He added geothermal heating and cooling, using the ground’s natural 55-degree temperature to regulate his home’s air. He added solar panels, providing enough energy for his entire home and one or two of his electric cars, depending on the year.
But the easiest thing he did was recycle.