Posts Tagged ‘weatherization’

Seeking Veterans to Receive Home Weatherization this Fall

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

We are excited to announce that we have received a Celebration of Service Grant from the Home Depot Foundation to help pay for weatherization supplies in our fall Community Weatherization efforts.  The Home Depot Foundation is honored to support the housing needs of our U.S. military veterans and has pledged $30 million over three years to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home. To fulfill that goal they will support the volunteer efforts of community groups that specifically identify service projects that benefit veterans.  This project is also supported by the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Grant that Fairfield has received-a 2-year project to help educate our community on how to reduce energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

We will mobilize community volunteers to weatherize the homes of 20 veterans here in Fairfield.  We need your help to find those homes.  Please contact us to sign up if you are a veteran and would like to receive this service.  Please forward this email to those who might be interested.  We are also seeking volunteers for this project and will continue to update you as plans unfold.  Please be in touch!

Community Weatherization in October

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Plans are coming together for our next round of weatherization, set for October 19 and 20th.  On Friday the 19th we hope to engage local businesses that are interested in team building for their employees to weatherize several homes. On Saturday 20th we will have teams of community volunteers round out the project, weatherizing 20 homes total.

The FVC will partner with the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards team to put the events together. Past participants have enjoyed the community building that comes with the project and the recipients have been thoroughly touched by the efforts of the volunteers.

Those wishing to receive weatherization of their homes must first have a free Alliant Energy audit conducted-a visit by a trained professional that will leave homeowners with great energy savings ideas and often free supplies. We have received a Celebration of Service Grant from the Home Depot Foundation to specifically target veterans as the beneficiaries of our weatherization efforts this fall, so…veterans, we need to hear from you!  Once an audit has been conducted, contact the FVC at 641.209.9045 or fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com to sign up.  Scott Timm, City of Fairfield Sustainability Coordinator, will arrange to come by to assess your home as a suitable candidate to receive a team of weatherization volunteers on project day.  We can only do 20 homes so please sign up early-by Sept. 15th to have the best chance of getting on the list.

There will be two pre-workday trainings for volunteers to learn basic weatherization techniques. Once trained, volunteers will then have the skills to perform similar measures at their own homes. Volunteers can also contact the volunteer center to sign up. This opportunity is great for groups, students needing community service hours and anyone wanting to make new friends and be a part of one of the most fun volunteer opportunities of the year. Seeking 100+ volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information!

Featured Agency-Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The City of Fairfield has been the lucky recipient of the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program (HTR)- a 2 year program to help our residents and overall community reduce our energy usage in many fun and informative ways.  The exact format that the programming has taken was created by a local steering committee and numerous classes and events have already taken place, including the tree planting that the volunteer center helped with on Earth Day.  That event mobilized more than 700 volunteers of all ages and got more than 200 new trees planted throughout Fairfield.

Monthly classes have been happening at the library on the second Saturday of each month and have attracted numerous participants.  Those classes will continue through 2013 and upcoming classes include Weatherization, Geothermal Energy & Lighting.  Since the launch of the program this past spring total City energy use has been down, residential use has dropped 4.9%, and HTR is tracking above expected levels on 55% of their goals.  Nearly 1500 people have participated in the Hometown Rewards Program in some manner.  And this is only after the first quarter!  One of the easiest ways to increase your own energy efficiency is to sign up for a free Alliant energy audit where a trained professional will visit your home and give you great ideas on how to reduce your energy bill and even leave you with some great products like compact flourescent lightbulbs!  Having an audit performed on your home will also help Fairfield earn more rewards from Alliant.  Upcoming volunteer opportunities with HTR include the ever popular community weatherization efforts in October.  Contact Anna Bruen at annabruen@gmail.com or Scott Timm at stimm@iastate.edu to learn more.

FREE RSVP “Energy Savings Program” Consultation

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

The RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) of Fairfield, is offering a free home Energy-Savings consultation service to qualified Fairfield residents.  A trained RSVP volunteer will visit with householders for 1 hour and educate and/or assist residents with a range of basic energy savings measures and install a new furnace filter (leaving extra filters with the householder to install each month following the consultation).   To be eligible for receiving this service, residents must live within Fairfield city limits & meet income qualifications.

See following chart to qualify:

#No. in Household

1       $21,780

2       $29,420

3       $37,060

4       $44,700

5       $52,340

6       $59,980

7       $67,620

8       $75,260

During a scheduled consultation appointment, the RSVP-trained volunteer will inform the resident about measures they can begin taking immediately to reduce their residential energy usage as well as perform other tasks including adjusting the water heater temperature, re-setting refrigerator temperatures, discuss ways to reduce overall water usage, and how to reduce energy consumption by using CFL/LED light bulbs vs. incandescent bulbs.

The intended impact for this volunteer service is increased knowledge of reduced home energy usage for Fairfield residents, as well as savings reflected on their monthly utility bills.

If you are a qualified resident (see chart) and would like to receive the benefit from this free service program or you are age 55+ and would like to be trained to be an RSVP volunteer, call RSVP Director JoBeth Lewer at 641-919-4752 .

Round Two of Weatherization a Success

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Saturday, September 24 the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by the Fairfield Volunteer Center (FVC), organized a weatherization project where more than 80 volunteers from various parts of the community came together to weatherize 11 homes of eligible Fairfield residents.

The RSVP Weatherization Program is funded by several grants and numerous in-kind donations from throughout the Fairfield community.  Scott Timm, Fairfield’s Sustainability Coordinator, facilitated a training session prior to event day to ensure project participants had the basic skills needed to complete project tasks.

Volunteers worked in teams with experienced RSVP captains leading the way and teaching new skills to community members and students.  Basic steps like caulking around outdoor window casings, installing weather stripping around doors, filling cracks in the foundation with expandable foam, wrapping water heaters and applying plastic film to windows can make a big impact on the efficient energy usage of a home, thereby reducing heating costs over the winter.

According to Molly Reiff, Director of the Fairfield Volunteer Center, “new skills gained by volunteers can be applied to their own homes creating a ripple effect that reaches further than just the primary homes weatherized on Saturday,”.

Following the weatherization efforts, the volunteers gathered together for a luncheon at the First Christian Church to celebrate the successes and share experiences of the day.  JoBeth Lewer, Fairfield’s RSVP Director said, “Fairfield is fortunate to have an ongoing RSVP Weatherization Program established in our community that connects a diverse group of volunteers benefitting our local residents”.

We will be following up with homeowners to quantify actual savings and will report back here when that info is available.  We thank all involved…we couldn’t do it without you!

To lower utility bills and a more comfortable winter!