NORWALK — Bruce Becker used to spend about $8,300 a year on electricity, heating, water and other costs for his antique farmhouse. Now he spends close to nothing following the additions of LED lights, electric cars, a new cooling roof and more than 60 solar panels on the roof and alongside the home.
“As an architect I’ve sort of used this house as a case study to see if it’s possible to turn an older antique house into a cutting-edge zero energy house that can be a prototype for sustainability,” Becker said. “A lot of folks assume older houses can’t be made into sustainable houses. You can have a super green house that can look like a normal house. It doesn’t have to look like a science experiment.”