Lexington Minuteman

January 3, 2008

Lexington GWAC announces winter events

So you have converted most or all of your incandescent light bulbs to CFL’s (compact fluorescent bulbs), and have lowered your thermostat setting for heating and raised it for air conditioning. Now what can you do to further reduce your household’s energy consumption and reduce your household’s carbon footprint?

Lexington GWAC’s “Home Energy Audit” series may have just the answers that you have been looking for. Developed as part of GWAC’s Low Carbon Diet program (visit www.lexgwac.org. for more details), this series of evening presentations will focus on specific areas of typical household energy consumption. GWAC’s goal in sponsoring this series is to provide Lexington homeowners with information and resources that will help all of us us make more informed decisions regarding energy efficiency actions to fit every budget.

The first event in the series will be held on Thursday, January 10, at 7 pm at the Cary Memorial Library meeting room, on the subject of home insulation and air leaks. Paul Eldrenkamp, founder of Byggmeister, Inc., a locally based home renovation firm specializing in energy efficiency, will outline the why’s and wherefore’s of home energy efficiencies that can be gained from the addition of proper insulation and the sealing of air leaks found in the typical home. According to Eldrenkamp, regardless of the age or efficiency of your present heating and cooling systems, significant energy savings can often be realized by upgrading your home’s insulation and sealing air leaks. And this may be true even in newer homes, depending on the energy efficiency expertise of the builder. To find out more, including how an audit is conducted to evaluate the energy efficiency of your home, you won’t want to miss this event. Ample time will be allowed at the end of Eldrenkamp’s presentation for audience members to ask specific questions about their own homes.

The second event in the series will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 pm also in the Cary Memorial Library meeting room, on the topic of solar energy for homes and businesses. A speaker from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will explain the state’s newly announced “Commonwealth Solar Initiative” that will provide significant financial incentives for solar installations. An industry representative will also participate to explain how homes and businesses can benefit from solar installations, how to obtain additional information about the feasibility for solar for your home or business, and the availability of additional tax incentives and rebates.

Future offerings will address a variety of additional topics including domestic hot water systems; state of the art large appliance and heating/cooling systems; recycling and composting; and automotive alternatives available in the near-term.

This series will provide Lexington homeowners with information about immediate actions to take as well as for the longer-term investments involved in developing a more energy efficient lifestyle. Dates and venues for future sessions of the “Home Energy Audit” series will be posted on the GWAC website and announced in the pages of the Lexington Minuteman.

On Monday, January 14, GWAC’s film series features “Mountain Mourning.” A Christians for the Mountains feature film confronts the abusive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. 7 pm at Cary Library in the meeting room

And be sure to mark your calendars for February 24! We are excited to announce that Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, will speak at Cary Hall at 7:30 PM on his new book “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.” Lester Brown has been called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post, and is known worldwide for his leadership on climate stabilization, population stabilization, poverty eradication and the restoration of the earth’s ecosystems. ( E.O. Wilson calls him one of the world’s great thinkers. – need to check Nancy)

Brought to you by Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition. Visit our website at www.lexgwac.org.