City offers energy retrofit classes
January 25, 2011
Step inside a retrofitted house and learn about energy conservation soon.
Residents can learn how to save money by learning steps to make homes more energy efficient at a series of classes sponsored by the city. The free classes are Feb. 5-6.
The city, alongside Puget Sound Energy and Gary Wood, from Applied Performance Technologies, plan to teach the class next month at a retrofitted home.
“This is a very unique class, in that we’re hosting it onsite, at a retrofitted home right here in Issaquah,” city Resource Conservation Office Project Manager Brad Liljequist. “We really wanted residents to see how easy — and affordable — energy-saving home improvements can be.”
The class covers basic building science to teach participants how a home “breathes” and how the heating system works.
The lesson aims to teach people how building leaks affect comfort, efficiency, health and moisture in the home. Homes can lose up to 30 percent of their heat through air leaks.
The class also includes information about air sealing — how and why to seal windows, walls, doors, crawl spaces and attics — insulation, and tips to limit home energy use and stay comfortable.
Participants can see the steps involved, ask questions and learn how to do many improvements themselves. The house will also undergo a blower door test during the classes to show how and where homes leak and let in drafts.
The city used a federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to offer the class.
“Thanks to grants, we can offer this class for free,” Liljequist said. “What’s better, we will be teaching our participants how to immediately save money on their energy bills.”
Home energy retrofit classes
- 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 5
- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 6
- Call 837-3402 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate preferred class times. Participants will be contacted to confirm the time and class details.