Wilson is on Pete Street™!

September 26, 2012 at 8:21 am 1 comment

Just one week after participating in a community training session with Clean Energy Durham staff, the City of Wilson held a successful Chamber Expo where they unveiled the residential energy savings program, Pete Street, Where Neighbors Get Energy Savings.

Pete Street is an innovative, neighbor-to-neighbor initiative where neighbors learn, do, teach, and track their energy savings through fun, hands-on workshops.  This program has been successfully running in Durham and Warren County in over 2,000 households and 40 neighborhoods, and has been re-branded as Pete Street for communities outside Durham.

At the Chamber Expo, bags, fans/Frisbees, and t-shirts were emblazoned with the Pete Street logo and contact information to raise awareness of this free, energy savings program and to jump-start registration for Basic Energy Education (BEE) Workshops, where people immediately learn simple, no-cost, low-cost ways to save energy.

“It was great! You could look down the mall and see yellow bags everywhere!” said Drenda Carpenter, the program coordinator for the City of Wilson.

The Pete Street program in Wilson is a partnership between the City of Wilson, Martin Community Action (MCA) and Wilson Community Improvement Association. MCA will be training local volunteers to teach Hands-On Workshops (HOWs) where residents learn simple DIY techniques for saving energy around the home. MCA will also teach DIY techniques to households who have applied for weatherization assistance so they can begin saving energy right away while on the wait list for the weatherization program.

Referring to the successful Chamber Expo, Drenda Carpenter said, “I know that on the spot we booked 14 home energy audits, 1 business audit, and received information to call and schedule 6 BEE’s!!!”

Congratulations to Drenda and the City of Wilson and its partners for a great launch of their Pete Street program.

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