This summer, the Monroe County Energy Challenge is providing free or low cost attic insulation and air sealing thanks to a generous grant from Vectren Energy! The program prioritizes low income families and Section 8 (low income) rental properties. In the first 3.5 weeks of the program our NCCC Americorps team insulated 15 Monroe County homes and reduced participants utility bills by a combined $3,898 this year! This represents an accrued savings $61,682 over a 10 year period*. The program has also helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35,004 lbs/year!
In additional to their phenomenal contribution to the Challenge, the NCCC team has also spent a great deal of their free time volunteering within the community. Sarah Feyers, an NCCC team member wrote the following piece, describing the team’s experience in Bloomington so far:
In addition to our work with the MCEC, NCCC‘s Oak 7 has participated in three ISPs (individual service projects) in Bloomington this past week. The first was at the Monroe County YMCA, participating in a two week long renovation project by chipping old paint from showers. The second was at the Bloomington Housing Authority’s Step Up office, landscaping and cleaning up front yards to prepare the office for a yearly inspection. The third was at the local Bryan Park, helping out with eradicating invasive plant species.
The team has worked non-stop through their last weekend to participate in full day ISPs around the city. When asked how a team member felt about the long ISP hours and the effect the team has on Bloomington through individual service, Oak 7 member Jenna Uretsky had much to say. “Bloomington is offering us many new experiences in regards to ISPs. Every organization we have worked with has been so welcoming and appreciative of our help and we feel that we are really becoming a part of the community. Our ISP work has also been a much needed break from attic work. Although we have filled our days off with ISPs, we are keeping our energy high and pushing ourselves and each other to reach our goals.”
MCEC has partnered with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) in order to provide this opportunity to residents in Monroe County. NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
If you are interested in participating in the attic insulation program, please call (812) 349-3558 or e-mail MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com to schedule an initial assessment. Space is limited and priority will be given to low-income households. This can save residents up to $600/year on utility bills and up to $1,400 in contractor fees. This is a great opportunity to save money and make your home more comfortable at the same time!
- Assuming a 10% increase in energy costs per year