Program of hands-on  weatherization

At Nature’s Classroom in Hancock on Saturday people interested in learning and practicing ways to help their homes save more energy and lower their fuel bills are invited to participate in a “Free Full-Day, Hands-On Weatherization Training” sponsored by the grassroots nonprofit organization, MERI — the Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative.

The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. Participants will have a chance to observe and participate in a blower door test for one of the center’s buildings to assess how “leaky” it is, take turns using a thermal camera to diagnose where the principal areas of air infiltration and potential heat losses are, and then address ways to mitigate the problems using weatherization techniques guided by Andy Duncan, BPI certified energy auditor.

Participants will also have the opportunity to practice air sealing cracks in the basement and attic walls, cover heat pipes, etc., to help lower the building’s carbon footprint and simultaneously familiarize themselves with energy-saving measures they can bring home to help reduce their own usage, emissions and budgets. Space is limited, but there are still openings. Directions and details will be sent to folks after they sign up on the “Contact Us” page of MERI’s website at www.monadnockenergy.org.

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