Green Sneakers geared up for free home walk through evaluations

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Green Sneakers Project volunteers and staff are on the road doing free home energy efficiency evaluations for homeowners and renters in the midcoast area. The Green Sneakers Project is seeking to fulfill its mission of bringing smart energy solutions to homeowners by helping to identify areas in the home where energy savings could be realized.

With a tour of the outside perimeter, the heating source, basement or crawl space, a living space and attic if accessible, the home is searched for moisture issues, air and heat leaks. While the “walk-thrus” are done by people with light training, they can help determine whether it makes sense to call in professionals. Green Sneakers packets will be left behind, providing do-it-yourself directions, information on how to proceed with choosing a certified contractor, financing options, and more.

Midcoast coordinator Nancy Glassman said, “If heating bills are looming too large, if you are unpacking wool hats and scarves for wearing inside your home, if your basement smells moist, you could be a candidate for our services. If you simply are feeling drafts and are wondering if the most cost effective move is to replace windows, that’s another good reason to get in touch with us. The nifty thing is that in many cases, the savings in energy bills will offset the payments for having the work done.”

Another way to save energy dollars is by signing up for the Carbon Challenge, going on now through Dec. 6 at http://www.myenergyplan.net. The Personal Energy Planner on the website guides users through choices and displays the money and carbon emissions that would be saved by each action. Registering with an email address qualifies signees for gifts and prizes provided through the generosity of local energy contractors. The midcoast Carbon Challenge was organized by a group of high school students participating in the Green Sneakers’ Future Homeowners/Community Leaders project during the summer. Business leaders in the Camden community were recruited to lead two teams competing to reduce energy consumption in challenge participants’ homes.

The project also serves to link people with Window Dressers, the Rockland Unitarian Universalist Church group that has been producing plastic interior storm window inserts for homes. They will measure, make and install these energy savers at cost or, for those in need, at no cost.

For more information about Green Sneakers or to request a home walk-through, call Nancy Glassman, at 322-9147, or email greensneakersmc@gmail.com.

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