I've completed TONS of home energy visits and continue to make myself available for them. I love doing them. I have a little black home energy visit tote filled with props and info. We complete a worksheet, walk through the home, do some simple improvements together. I've installed water aerators, low flow shower heads, electric outlet covers, pipe insulation on hot water pipes, mortite rope around windows, plastic window kits, moved furniture to improve heat flow, checked fireplaces. Oh, did i mention that out of this I got certified as an energy auditor. My certification has lapsed but i continue to teach everything I learned. People are really grateful. I'm very gentle and acknowledging of any thing that's working well in the house and their interest in improving. they always apologize for the mess, especially in their attics and basements. Yes, I've ceiled attic hatches--one of my favorite measures. Anyway, I don't see the mess. I just see opportunity and speak from that. I do see that one of the biggest obstacles for people is their clutter. they're overwhelmed by their stuff. I've thought someone should really partner with contractors and energy auditors to be 'Clutter Clearers." Maybe me!
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!