[act-ma] BASEA Forum: Weatherization Barnraising, Thursday 4/12

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Tue Apr 3 12:53:45 PDT 2012

> Basea Forum: Thursday, April 12th, 2012
> HEET - Home Energy Efficiency Team
> Success by Starting Where You Are -
> the Story of HEET - Home Energy Efficiency Team
> For the April Forum, we shift our focus from renewable energy to  
> energy efficiency and energy conservation. The story we will hear  
> started in a drafty old New England home...... and led to the  
> formation of HEET - Home Energy Efficiency Team, a non-profit  
> organization that is having a successful impact on saving energy.
> HEET began its work in Cambridge in 2008, calling for volunteers to  
> help and learn through energy-upgrade work-parties, modeled on "barn  
> raisings". Their success has been recognized by awards from the EPA,  
> Massachusetts Climate Action Network, and the City of Cambridge.
> Let this record of action....
> 	• 160 buildings weatherized
> 	• 4,970 CFL's installed/incandescent bulbs replaced
> 	• 2,844 volunteers trained
> ...speak through its results:
> 	• 1,785 metric tons of CO2 avoided
> 	• 4 million gallons of water conserved
> 	• more than $500,000 saved in energy and water bills
> HEET started off humbly, but seems to have tapped into a vast  
> renewable energy source - people power!  Volunteers show up, pick a  
> task after hearing pitches from Team Leaders, get busy with hands-on  
> learning as they work, and wrap up with refreshments and  
> socializing. In a few short hours, they have made a positive impact  
> to save energy, learned skills that they can take home and teach  
> others, and connected to a motivated community.
> Come and hear the story of HEET, an inspiring tale of grass-roots  
> action! Hear about HEET's energy audit process. Learn about some  
> simple actions you can take to make your own home more energy  
> efficient. Share your energy-upgrade stories or questions. Join HEET  
> as a volunteer, or suggest a non-profit organization or house of  
> worship that could benefit from HEET's services.
>  Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3  
> Church Street, Harvard Square
> Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
> We are proud to host Audrey Schulman, activist, author and President  
> of HEET, for our April Forum.
> Please Join Us!  And remember, your donations and membership support  
> The Boston Area Solar Energy Association,  www.BASEA.org; a chapter  
> of NESEA.

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