Community Groups Host Winter Weatherization Workshop

Knoxville, Tenn.  – Three community groups are working to raise awareness about and minimize the burden of electricity costs this winter by hosting a Winter Weatherization Workshop on Friday, December 7th in Krutch Park from 5:30 – 7pm.  The three groups include Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), the Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign, and Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED) – all of which will be sharing presentations about work being done throughout the state to lower the burden of high-energy costs on low-income communities.

The City of Knoxville’s Sustainability Director Susanna Southerland will also be at the event to share how the city is working toward energy efficiency and a representative from KUB will be on hand to explain how homeowners and renters can keep warm this winter without breaking the bank.

SOCM volunteer and University of Tennessee student Jack McNelis said “It’s important to share that energy efficiency is not just for the wealthy. Those of us who rent our homes feel like we have less control over our utility costs, but there is still a lot we can do.”

Residents can make their homes more efficient this winter by taking these 5 easy measures:

1)    Use compact fluorescent or LED lighting. 90% of the energy used to power an incandescent bulb is lost as heat. Turn off compact fluorescent lighting if you are leaving a room for over 15 minutes. (www.energystar.gov) Attendees will be eligible for an LED lightbulb give-away at the event.

2)    Beware of energy vampires! The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are turned off. Unplug electronics when not in use.

3)    Adjust the temperature. Setting your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day will save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.

4)    Seal leaks. Seal air leaks around utility openings, chimneys, recessed lights, and unfurnished space behind cupboards. Don’t forget that large amounts of heat can be lost through the entrance to your attic; place insulation above the attic hatch! Add caulk or weather-stripping to air leaks around leaky doors and windows.

5)    Sign up for an In-Home Energy Evaluation from KUB. Rebates of up to $500 are available for eligible energy-saving improvements. There is also an online survey renters can use to evaluate their energy use. Visit KUB’s website for more info:www.kub.org.

More energy-saving advice for homeowners and renters will be shared at the event, which is free and open to the public.

What: Winter Weatherization Workshop

Where: Krutch Park

When: Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:30-7:00 PM

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