Local nonprofit Clean Energy Durham received a Community Care Grant from Duke’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee-giving campaign, to engage residents of Southwest Central Durham partner neighborhoods in three-hour, in-home, hands-on workshops that teach home energy saving techniques. This piece, by Clean Energy Durham, describes one home workshop hosted in Lakewood Park.
Did you know that having a freezer on the bottom of the refrigerator unit is actually more energy efficient? Along with keeping the fridge full (either with food or water filled gallon jugs), a bottom-shelf freezer is one of the energy saving ideas Lakewood Park neighbors learned at a home Clean Energy Forward workshop last month. Hosted by Jim Wisner and Dana Iglesias, Lakewood Park neighbors gathered on Chapel Hill Road to learn about energy efficiency.
Jim and Dana are relatively new to the neighborhood, and are interested in meeting more of their neighbors and building community. This winter, they faced gas bills of up to $500 a month. To improve their home’s energy efficiency, Super Trainers Brian Schneiderman and Robert Kamara helped them find and plug drafty spots around the front door and the upstairs windows, and taught them about programmable thermostats, a good way to increase efficiency and save money. After learning about the money-saving benefits of a programmable thermostat, one neighbor said: “I want one!”