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Weatherinzation Day Oct. 28

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on October 25, 2010 1:52 PM

There are all sorts of ways to be green and energy efficient, and WAGES is planning a "weatherization day" this week to increase public awareness on the topic.

The free event will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of WAGES, 601 Royall Avenue.

WAGES, Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency Inc., partnered with Progress Energy and other utility companies to sponsor the event, which will showcase some of the technology used to reduce home energy burdens.

"We're going to have displays and video activities set up that will focus on energy education and on-site demonstrations of such things as the diagnostic tools that are used to do the (home) audit," said Dr. Marlee Ray, executive director of WAGES. "Our weatherization crew will be available to talk and share information.

"We will also have folks set up that day to take applications (for weatherization services) for people who are eligible, but we're also looking forward to providing information for elected officials and community members interested in learning more about energy education and the impact that the energy burden has on our community."

Among the features that day will be a section that focuses on health and safety, a wall illustrating how insulation is added to a structure, what it looks like and its benefits, and other options that are effective in energy savings, such as carbon dioxide and smoke detectors, low-flow shower heads and compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs.

Energy education kits will also be available, which include information as well as samples.

"We will have tips that anybody can use to reduce their energy burden," Ms. Ray explained. "We are promoting weatherization across the community, whether it's WAGES weatherization for low income homes or an individual taking steps in their own home. It all impacts what we do.

"This is the first (weatherization day) that we have done but we think it's the kind of thing that would really be a great annual event to help all of us focus on the impact that energy use has on us."