Morehead Hill Clean Energy Forward workshop
Last week Joe and Sarah Hensley hosted a Clean Energy Forward workshop at their home in Morehead Hill. The Saturday morning workshop was led by Super Trainers Robert and Brian.
The Super Trainers showed the group of 12 neighbors how to clean the coils beneath the refrigerator by swiping a large pipe cleaner underneath it. Joe Hensley had the honor of cleaning the coils, and everyone was amazed at how much dust was removed from beneath the fridge. Joe joked that he had deliberately left the dirt there so that people could see just how dirty the area could get. Dirty coils make the appliance use more energy to keep food cold, so regular cleaning saves money.
The group also applied foam insulation to pipes, cleaned out the vent on the dryer, and went throughout the house with caulking guns in hand to seal up cracks and crevices in windows and places where plumbing comes through the flooring, such as under the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms and around the windowsills. In the second floor bathroom, guests noticed that the Hensleys had already placed a full water bottle inside the tank of the toilet to reduce the amount of water required per flush.
Robert and Brian also demonstrated the impact of specific appliances by using a PowerCost monitor to compare the base electricity use in the house with the amount of electricity used when a variety of appliances were switched on.
The group also helped insert a plastic air flow redirector in the floor in the kitchen beneath the newly installed cabinets in order to redirect the hot air from the basement furnace.
Thanks to the Hensleys and their great neighbors from Morehead Hill for learning skills to teach other neighbors!