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Seven new Bicycle Transportation Trainers recently graduated from Clean Energy Durham’s training program, which equips them to train neighbors and community members about bike transportation, maintenance, and safety. The Trainers also learn about organizing fun, educational neighborhood events to get their neighbors pedaling to work, for exercise, to save money, and the sheer joy of riding a bike. Bicycle Transportation Trainers go through 14 hours of training where they learn basic maintenance skills: fixing flats, adjusting brakes, fine-tuning gears, etc. In addition, they learn outdoor biking skills, such as quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turns.
Congratulations to our latest Bicycle Transportation Trainers: Gretchen Gehrke and Joanne Fairhurst from Morehead Hill, Janet Hitti and Michael Brooks from Parkwood, Debbie West and Brandon Jozwiak from Woodcroft and Scott Rodgers from Hope Valley North. (more…)
If you have been following Clean Energy Durham news, you’ve heard of the Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program (NERP). As a staff person at Clean Energy Durham I can’t overestimate how impressed I am with our neighborhood volunteers. Many of these volunteers are putting in countless hours canvassing homes in their neighborhoods to find out which ones may qualify for energy efficiency upgrades funded in large part by the City of Durham.
Neighborhood volunteers have repeatedly gone above and beyond the call of duty to get their neighbors’ homes weatherized. Many volunteers have canvassed countless hours in spite of the fact that their own homes don’t qualify for the program. While we only ask volunteers to visit a home once, they have taken it upon themselves to return 2 and 3 times to the homes of neighbors who were not home the first time.
In addition to getting neighbors signed up for the NERP, volunteers have gone out of their way to make sure lower income neighbors know about the more extensive weatherization program available to them through Operation Breakthrough.
Katherine, a canvasser in Trinity Park, has come across cases in which neighbors say they would be suspicious of a program like this if it weren’t for the neighbors they know promoting it. So, she says, “Hooray for the neighborhood approach!”
Steve Saltzman and Melissa Malkin-Weber work at Self Help Lending in downtown Durham, where they’re rewarded for their pedal-powered commuting habit. Every employee who gives up their Self Help parking pass is reimbursed by the company for what maintaining that parking space would otherwise cost Self Help. Given the scarcity of parking in downtown, and the high cost of building new parking, this policy makes good financial sense for Self Help ( and the commuters who take advantage of it), and fits well with the bank’s dual social and financial mission.
Steve has been a bike commuter for three years now. When he first came to Self Help, his commute to work was a fifteen-minute drive in his SUV that left him feeling cranky. Now, after his 6.5 mile bike ride to work, he arrives feeling alert and refreshed. “I never get sick, and now I’ve dropped the costs of one of our cars and a motorcycle,” Steve says. “My hummus consumption has gone way up, though.”
Melissa is the Green Initiatives Manager at Self Help, which is the first place she’s worked where she can bike commute. She walks her kids to school in Morehead Hill, and then rides over to work. “I like being able to interact with my environment instead of being trapped in my steel box,” she says. “Plus there’s the overall coolness factor.”
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We’re excited to announce that the City of Durham has selected five neighborhoods to participate in Phase II of the Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program (NERP): Fisher Heights, Northgate Park, Trinity Park, Parkwood, and Morehead Hill/West End (these two neighborhoods applied together). The initial meeting for the neighborhood volunteers who will serve as the liaisons for their neighborhood was held this week. Liaisons learned more detailed information about the NERP program requirements, and CED staff reviewed program documents with the volunteers and answered neighborhood liaison questions. We’re excited to hear more ideas from volunteers on how to increase neighborhood involvement!
On Monday, Morehead Hill resident Will Elliot hosted the first in his series of Clean Energy Forward Workshops. Will lives in a historic home with lots of charm, and lots of air leaks. Neighbors who attended this first workshop helped Will to seal some of those leaks by installing window caulk and floor vent caulk. They also cleaned Will’s fridge coils with the “fridge brush” and used the crowd favorite, Power Cost Monitor.
Will is going to propose that the neighborhood association buy a Power Cost Monitor, and one of Will’s neighbors agreed to become the Morehead Hill’s Power Cost Monitor Guru. This means Clean Energy Durham will train her in the use of the Power Cost Monitor, and she will be a resource for teaching her neighbors to use this device in their own homes!
We’re looking forward to working together with neighbors in Morehead Hill to increase Will’s home energy efficiency at his next workshop in the series!
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!