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 volunteers from AtticDr.com, and the Applied Materials Foundation Green Team to make a sustainable difference at another home in our community.  This home was enhanced Saturday, January 22, 2011 and was the 1st "1house at a time" renovation for 2011 and the 30th in the history of the program since their start in 2007.

At 9am, Saturday morning, ten (10) Austin Green Energy Group members (John Holland, Otto Pfahl, Valerie Harrington, Dave Ort, Derek Bridges, David Kaufman, Sandy Brumleve, Mike Brumleve, Rita Lin,  and Bernie Johnson) joined volunteers from A Nurtured World, AtticDr.com, and the Applied Materials Foundation Green Team to make a difference in one elderly Austin woman’s life.  The event took place at a house in East Austin.  This was a huge project with many tasks accomplished. 

The following improvements were made:

Building Envelope/Weatherizing:

  •  Installation of foam insulators on all out outlets & light switches 
  • Seal-up / weather stripping of all exterior doors
  • Repair interior sheet rock holes in front living room ceiling
  • Blow in 60 bags of green fiber insulation to attic
  • Apply spray-on barrier in attic
  • Install solar attic ventilator on roof deck
  • Install 2 gable vents and 16 soffits vents in attic
  • Install insulating attic stairwell cover
  • Caulk all windows
  • Seal front door entry way at the base of the door
  • Installation of new storm door on the existing front door

 HVAC:

  • Replace A/C  filter with correct size
  • Seal A/C plenum return box and door way
  • Seal A/C ducts /register with caulk / mastic 

Energy Efficiency:

  • Insulate hot water heater lines in the water closet seal entry door way
  • Installation of solar screens on windows

 Quality of Life/Safety:

  • Clean up leaves and debris in yard
  • Installation of 10 rain gutter with down spout section above side entry door way.
  • Clean out attic
  • Seal all electrical boxes in attic to sheet rock
  • Provide exterior electrical box cover on north side of home
  • Repair front bedroom closet shelving

 

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

The event ended after about six laborious hours with one more Austin family more physically comfortable in their energy efficient home as well as having a more sustainable life.  All these activities will aid in making this Austin home 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, and Applied Materials to make a difference in our community..."1 house at a time."

The event was generously sponsored by AtticDr.com and Applied Materials.

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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