recycling bins in remodeled cottage
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Green Schemes

At the top of their list was upgrading the HVAC with high-efficiency equipment split into two zones governed by programmable thermostats. Next: a tankless water heater, which would cut down on gas bills by supplying hot water only on demand. But "the house had no basement, just brick piers holding it up," says Nagy, so to create a mechanicals area the Manns had to dig out a crawl space and pour a foundation for a below-grade utility room.
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