Considering the record-breaking cool temps and never-ending rain this March, you can still save some $$$ on your energy bill by weatherizing now. Last week, the BPS Green Building Team volunteered with The Community Energy Project (CEP) to weatherize a drafty home in North Portland.
After a brief volunteer training, we teamed with the CEP crew to install 14 reusable storm windows, caulking along existing window edges and weather stripping for the front door. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but the CEP staff gave us tips and tricks throughout the process. We nearly finished the entire project in only 3 hours and walked away with fresh smiles and new skills.
Since 1987, the folks at CEP have been organizing volunteers to reduce utility costs while improving home comfort for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, including over 400 homes in the last year. All services and materials are provided for FREE! To accomplish this great work, they rely on volunteers for labor and funding for materials and overhead.
To volunteer, donate or find out if your home qualifies, check out their In-Home Weatherization Brochure. AND if you want to purchase weatherization materials for you own home, stop by their office at 422 NE Alberta (Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM).
CEP also offers free workshops on Home Weatherization, Lead Poisoning and Water Conservation. Check their calendar for upcoming dates and times.