HOUGHTON ENERGY EFFICIENCY TEAM - WINTERIZATION PROJECT

BUILD CORE COMPETENCE!

WE PROVIDE THE TOOLS, MATERIALS & THE KNOW-HOW!

All you really need to do is plan to show up for 3 hours on a Saturday morning from 10am - 1pm...but PUT ON WORK CLOTHES BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE.  And wear a doo-rag.

SINCE 2008, WE'VE WORKED IN ALMOST 100 HOMES!

There are a lot of benefits to volunteering, listed below.
But primary and foremost is the satisfaction of making a basement warmer in 3 hours and knowing that the people who live there are going to be so much more comfortable.

  • Look at YOUR OWN HOME in a whole new way
  • Learn skills to address the situation
  • Option to borrow our tools - and, if you're income qualified,  to go ahead and tighten up your own home!

Would you like help tightening up your house?

We usually arrive on at 10am on a Saturday
morning work for 3 hours, then leave around 1pm.

WE PUT A DENT IN IT!

IQ GUIDELINE IMAGE

Here a student volunteer from MTU ETEC is putting up blueboard around the rim of the basement. We spray-foam behind that and in front of it for each joist bay and run...MAKES FLOORS WARM!

We usually focus on the most accessible way to make a big difference - with a rim joist seal (picture at left).

The physics are that if you seal 80% of a rim joist, THE SAME AMOUNT OF COLD AIR (100%) that previously came in through the area now finds its way into that last...20...percent. So, completing the whole thing is what gets you the golden toasty winter - although, any amount you do does also improve life, because it is keeping the wind out from the direction that you seal from.

If you learn the process and commit to finish the project within 3 months, we will lend you the (somewhat expensive) equipment and purchase the materials to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

If you are not income-qualified, we will still lend you the tools and show you the process, but you will be on your own for buying the materials.