Grant: $173,900 - Department of Energy - Sep. 28, 2009
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Award Description: We will use the EECBG funds to conduct residential audits and provide energy efficient retrofits to the homes on our Reservation. We will also provide consumer education in a workshop setting to any interested tribal members in the area. Once the two new-hires attend the AEE training program for energy managers and the thermal imaging equipment has been ordered, they can immediately begin performing energy audits on the homes on our two reservation parcels. During this time, we can also hold the consumer education workshops. In addition to providing helpful energy-saving tips that the homeowners can implement themselves, these workshops will serve a few purposes. First, it will help spread the word about the energy audit initiative. Second, it will help determine who is more interested or invested in the topic so we can use the funds allocated for retrofits most appropriately. We estimate the audits and the workshops will take about one year to conduct. Once the audits and workshops are complete, we plan to spend the second year of this project implementing the recommended energy efficient retrofits. Possible upgrades include installing additional insulation, repairing broken glass or sheetrock, fitting weather-stripping, providing compact fluorescent light bulbs, installing programmable thermostats, and purchasing energy-efficiency appliances. Because there are a finite amount of funds, we will establish a priority system for this part of the program. This will be in a matrix format and will take into consideration the following: household income, age of head of household, amount needed for upgrades, average monthly utility costs, whether they attended the workshops, and whether the dwelling is owner-occupied or rented. We will proceed with the retrofits, according to the ranking system, until the funds are depleted.
Project Description: For this activity, we plan to hire two workers. One person will serve as the Auditor/Installer and the other will serve as the Administrative Monitor/Consumer Educator. The Auditor/Installer will be the person primarily in charge of conducting the audits. They will have a working knowledge of building codes, ventilation, insulation, and the ability to make recommendations for appropriate, cost-effective weatherization measures. The Administrative Monitor/Consumer Educator will be responsible for scheduling the appointments for the home audits, keeping files on each residence, and conducting the individual and group training.
Jobs Summary: not applicable this quarter (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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