As a member of Onion River Exchange time bank, I got to invite a member who works at Efficiency Vermont to come over and audit our house. He checked our windows, lightbulbs, door frames, etc. It was very cool to learn that our household is forty percent more efficient than other houses of this size! And it was exciting to be able to use my alternative currency to help my partner learn about the efficiency of his house.
Energy Challenge #4
Energy treasure everywhere! Go on a hunt with a friend to find their home's energy treasures!
A 1967 study found that on average there are less "6 degrees" of separation between any two people in the US. A 2011 a new study showed that we're getting better connected to eachother and it only took 4.74. Wonder what VT's number would be? 3? less?
Most people know that they can save money and energy, but sometimes it takes a friend showing up to help them out to get them to take action.
- Find a willing participant. Nobody likes a pushy energy evangelist!
- Set up a date where you can spend a couple of hours walking through their home with the checklist, and come up with a few easy actions for them to take. Shoot a few pix while you're at it!
- Check back and make sure they've done it! If they haven't, now it's time to be pushy! Help them out! Take them to the hardware store. Show up with power strips!
- Let us know what happened.
If you can't find anyone to help, put out an offer on Front Porch Forum to go help a neighbor, or write a letter to the editor sharing your favorite energy-saving tips. Let us know what you did!