Insulation Project to Save Low-Income Households Tens of Thousands in Energy Costs
Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members and several organizations, 22 low-income families in Monroe County will now live in homes with well-insulated attics.
In just six weeks during July and August, a team of nine NCCC members participated in a pilot Attic Insulation and Sealing Program by air-sealing and insulating 22 homes, reducing the participants’ annual utility costs by an estimated $5,313 this year. The NCCC members were trained by Monroe County Energy Challenge volunteers, and their work was inspected by a licensed professional.
With predicted utility costs, the project is expected to result in savings of more than $84,000 over the next 10 years. The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 46,323 pounds per year, while also improving the comfort and warmth of the families living in the insulated homes.
“We are thrilled with the results of the Attic Insulation and Sealing Program and are actively looking for ways to expand the program in the future,” said Jackie Duemler, the Monroe County Energy Challenge outreach coordinator.
The project was made possible through the coordination of:
• Jackie Duemler, Jacqui Bauer and Eric Chalfant of the Monroe County Energy Challenge
• Woodie Bessler of the Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network
• Terry Quigley of the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)
• Nolan Hendon and Alex Jorck of City of Bloomington Utilities
• Loren Stumpner of Stumpner’s Building Services
• Doug Clausman of Advanced Energy Solutions
• Vectren Foundation
The project was funded by a $20,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP), as well as by smaller grants and donations.
This is the second major grant Vectren has made to support the Monroe County Energy Challenge. Vectren previously provided a $58,603 grant to SCCAP for Monroe County Energy Challenge initiatives and outreach. These included purchasing and equipping an EnergyMobile, a Toyota Prius V hybrid that’s used to share information and materials for energy efficiency in schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.
"The Monroe County Energy Challenge is a great way not only to educate people about the importance of energy conservation, but to build community by engaging residents in the process,” said Tom Moore, manager of community engagement for the Vectren Foundation.
The Future of the Program
The Monroe County Energy Challenge is currently looking at ways to continue the Attic Insulation and Sealing Program now that the AmeriCorps members have moved on to do work in other communities.
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton proclaimed Aug. 31 “NCCC AmeriCorps Team Oak 7 Day” in Bloomington, in honor of the hard work that was completed by members in contributing to energy conservation and the well-being of low-income households.