Winter Blitz Weatherization Training
By Aliza Heeren, Marketing/Green Homes Fellow
This Thursday, our outreach EcoFellows Katie and Lexie headed out to Williamstown for an exciting teaching opportunity in weatherization. Instead of teaching elementary schoolers about recycling, which has been their typical work as of late, they headed up the ladder to higher education to teach students from Williams and Bennington Colleges about weatherizing houses. They were joined by CET’s Edward Rutledge, EcoFellowship Coordinator, and Energy Analyst Jamie Overby.
Every year, about 100 students from Williams College, and more recently Bennington College, participate in a day of volunteer service to weatherize houses in their communities in the hopes of keeping their neighbors warm and reducing their environmental footprints.
Yesterday, Katie and Lexie conducted a “train the trainer”, where they taught a group of 12 student leaders the basics of home weatherization. They provided a background in basic building science and hands on training with weatherization materials at the Hardy House on Williams College’s campus. They also left the students with a packet of information and frequently asked questions for day of support and for the first time implemented a data collection checklist so that volunteers can track their impact and energy savings.
The Winter Blitz will take place this year on November 12th and the students hope to weatherize around 40 houses. Each volunteer group of three to five students spends around three hours on each house installing door sweeps, adding spray foam insulation to leaky parts of the basement, and calking leaky windows to reduce energy loss. Each small weatherizing action can add up to make a big difference to the comfort of a home and to reducing the heating costs.
“It was inspiring to see how involved the Williams and Bennington students were and how excited they are to help the community stay warm and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions” said outreach EcoFellow Lexie Vining. She is looking forward to receiving the results of energy emissions saved from the student’s efforts this year!
If you are interested in learning more about weatherization before winter hits and would like assistance weatherizing your home, contact us today for a home energy assessment at 1-866-527-7283!