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The new Home Energy Leader Program (HELP) provides training and resources to residents in Southeast Alaska to lower their energy bills through efficiency and conservation measures.  Through the program, a group of Energy Leaders spent the day in training in late January.  Home Energy Leaders will use the information and resources they gained in Juneau to engage their fellow community members to reduce energy use. This includes changing out up to five bulbs to LEDs. Participating communities include Hoonah, Yakutat, Kake, Angoon and Metlakatla.  Check out these low cost energy savings tips here

CALL TODAY! Community members interested in participating in the program as a resident participant should contact SSP Energy Catalyst Shaina Kilcoyne, S.kilcoyne@realaska.org or (907) 331 – 7409. 

This program is unique because it provides the Home Energy Leaders with the knowledge and hardware to enable them to immediately implement efficiency improvements in their community when they return from the training.

Training: The one-day training in Juneau was presented by a team that includes Certified Energy Manager Jim Fowler of Energy Audits of Alaska and local utility experts. The training included the following content:

  • Analysis of utility bills and consumption
  • Light bulb savings comparison
  • Use of kilowatt meters to assess appliance draw
  • Eliminating phantom power consumption & using power strips
  • Installation of weather stripping and reduction of air infiltration
  • Programming and using programmable thermostats
  • Testing water temperature
  • Installing faucet aerators
  • A hands-on site visit to a home
  • Assessing heating and air infiltration

In addition to the training content, Home Energy Leaders received a tablet to work on and materials necessary to engage residents in their communities including: Home Energy Savings guides; energy cost charts with community-specific rates; kilowatt meters; LED bulbs; thermometers; faucet aerators; power strips; and weather stripping.

Resident Participation: After qualifying the resident, the Home Energy Leader will schedule and perform a “site assessment”, which includes analysis of heat and electric consumption, light bulb inventory and LED swap out, plug load assessment, installation of weather stripping, installation of faucet aerators.  Site assessment features will be completed as needed and desired.

Each participating resident must pay $25 for the site assessment, which will go back into the Program to allow more homes to be assessed. The true cost of the assessment is $125.  Savings vary by community based on energy costs but can be up to $85 per year for the light bulb exchange alone. 

Thank you for your interest in this program.  Please direct any inquiries to:  Shaina Kilcoyne | Renewable Energy Alaska Project | Sustainable Southeast Partnership | s.kilcoyne@realaska.org | 907-331-7409

Robert Venables |Southeast Conference |energy@seconference.org | 907-723-0177

This program is funded by the Alaska Conservation Foundation and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership

 

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