CALPIRG's Energy Service Corps Launches Project Axiom: Home Survey Blitz
By: Jenn Lavelle
On November 5, student volunteers at UC Merced hit the streets to educate local residents about energy conservation. They were able to educate almost 100 local residents about how to save energy, save the environment, and save money, all at the same time.
Throughout the day, 72 volunteers got involved in going door-to-door conducting basic home energy surveys, asking questions and helping residents identify energy efficiencies in their home.
Some of the easiest methods that were identified include turning down the heat a few degrees, changing old incandescent lightbulbs to more efficient CFLs, unplugging electronics or using a powerstrip, and insulating the hot water heater with an insulating blanket. By implementing these simple changes we recommend at the door, people can expect to see real energy savings. For instance, residents can expect to save $55 throughout the 10,000 hour lifespan of each CFL lightbulb in use!
The Merced Sun-Star featured a story about how UC Merced students involved with Energy Service Corps spread the 'green' word in the community.
2 student volunteers talk with a local resident about his energy use and find a few simple things he can do to reduce his bills.
Merced students are trained and ready to start talking with residents about saving energy!