Stimulus Dollars Benefiting Asheville Residents

Asheville’s Office of Sustainability has begun offering free home energy education classes. 

On the evening of August 11th, I took an opportunity to participate in a free home energy efficiency class offered at the Reed Center in Asheville. 

 The group of about 15 Asheville residents in attendance was inquisitive and obviously sincere in their desire to be informed. The class covered a wide variety of opportunities and options for homeowners to consider. Subject matter ranging from the value of minor water efficiency improvements to whole house air infiltration testing, to the does and don’ts of upgrading your homes insulation.  Hands on participation was available for many of these subjects.

Class presenters were from local nonprofits; Matt Siegel of WNCGBC, Torin Kexel of Green Opportunities of Asheville as well as city building inspector and maintenance officials.

The class was much more informative than I had anticipated, and everyone involved seemed genuinely interested in the welfare of our community and our environment.

It’s great to see our local governments interest in providing these educational resources as well as the public interest in obtaining and implementing the information. This is where the rubber meets the road. 

Bravo to the Office of Sustainability personnel Maggie Ullman, Kerby Smithson & Rachel Doebber for pulling this together. I look forward to participating of more of these sessions. Money and time well spent! When is the next class?



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