A “Thank You” From A Parkwood Resident For the Basic Energy Education Workshop
What an opportunity to improve energy use at my 50-year-old Parkwood home! The November Basic Energy Education (BEE) workshop held in my neighborhood provided new information and reinforced what I had already read . Two trained volunteers talked about energy use (with clarifying charts) and welcomed comments and questions from the dozen or so Parkwood neighbors around the large table.
I have now learned that it is important to insulate the corner support posts and not just the attic itself; I need to obtain a very good carbon monoxide alarm; for safety reasons I should weatherstrip my hallway furnace closet door plus remodel it into a sealed-duct vented or power-vented unit (or get a new non-closet furnace); the crawl space does need insulation; and a recently-made dishwasher has its own heating unit so it is not necessary to keep the water heater set as high as I thought.
It was also a nice occasion for connecting with neighbors. Seated next to me was a resident who, along with others, volunteered his time and efforts years ago to assure sports opportunities for Parkwood youth, my sons included. Here was a chance to thank him in person while we waited for the speaker to begin after the intermission.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of these informative – and free – neighborhood energy workshops!