Community Outreach Events

1 house at a time Event

Austin Green Energy Group teamed up with A Nurtured World's program, "1 house at a time" and the University of Texas at Austin's Project 2011 to make sustainable difference in two homes in our community Saturday February 26, 2011.  Project 2011 involved 1300 student volunteers working on the city area bound by Metric, 183, I-35 and Rundberg Lane.  These homes were the 2nd and 3rd "1 house at a time" energy efficency renovations for 2011. 

Starting at 9 AM Saturday morning, Austin Green Energy Group members (Bernie Johnson, Mark Walker, and  Clara McGee) led teams of UT Students with Project 2011 to complete the many home improvement tasks listed below in the Roswell residence:

Rowell Home

  • Install radiant barrier for the attic deck
  • Seal attic doorway with weatherstripping
  • Clean soffit screens on eaves
  • Install light switch and receptacle gaskets on exterior walls
  • Install CFLs
  • Caulk 5 exterior windows
  • Repair or replace weather stripping on front door, garage door interior and back French doors.
  • Repair exterior sliding screen door screen
  • Install recirculating hot water pump under kitchen sink
  • Verify caulking of AC/duct and clean duct grills on the home
  • Seal ac/heat closet.  Seal discharge duct at the top of the Air handler unit and floor space
  • Convert toilet to dual flush

 

At the Torres residence the Austin Green Energy Group members assisted UT student volunteers with the following tasks:

 

Torres Home 
  • Replace exhaust vent above range
  • Remove broken dishwasher, replace with cabinetry/shelving
  • Replace/cover disintegrating base board below cabinets in kitchen
  • Replace Doggie Door in exterior wall for better seal
  • Add exterior ramp from doggie door to outside level
  • Check that fireplace flue is closed & functioning - create better seal as needed
  • Install faucet aerator in small bathroom sink
  • Install low flow showerhead in small bathroom shower
  • Secure cable and phone lines throughout the house
  • Patch numerous nail holes in kitchen wall
  • Clean ceiling ducts in Bedrooms 1 & 2
  • Set rear sliding screen door back on track - replace track wheels if broken
  • Seal around exterior aluminum windows where gaps exist
  • Seal exterior cracks and weatherstripping
  • Replace broken glass in window and rest window frames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowell home successfully completed.

 

 

Torres home successfully completed.

The events ended after about seven laborious hours with two more Austin family's more physically comfortable in their energy efficient home as well as having a more sustainable life.  All these activities will aid in making these Austin homes more energy efficient and sustainable. 

These events are used to not only make homes more energy efficient and sustainable but also as an educational tool.  Each activity had an experienced leader to lead and teach the new volunteers.  It was a team effort that enabled the Austin Green Energy Group, A Nurtured World, AtticDr.com, ProEnergy Consultants, Home Depot, and the University of Texas at Austin's Project 2011 to make a difference in our community..."1 house at a time."

A special thanks goes out to all of the Univerisity of Texas student volunteers who stepped up to help the Austin community.

These events were generously sponsored by AtticDr.com, Pro Energy Consultants, and Home Depot.

You are invited to join us in making our community more energy efficient and sustainable.  If you would like to volunteer your services or resources for this type of fulfilling event, contact Austin Green Energy Group's Community Outreach Program Director - Mike Brumleve at info@AustinGreenEnergyGroup.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or A Nurtured World at www.1houseatatime.org.

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