Energy Conservation Programs
Energy conservation programs coordinated by the Environmental Alliance
for Senior Involvement (EASI) focus on many community concerns, ranging
from wasted fuels to air pollution from power plants and energy
efficient low-income housing. EASI senior volunteers provide hands-on assistance
to help build such housing, often working with the Habitat for Humanity,
and carry out weatherization projects to retrofit exisiting housing.
EASI programs are in co-operation with host organization such as Retired
Senior Volunteer Programs, senior centers, religious organizations, local
governments, and others.
Local needs dictate the type of projects adopted. In North Carolina,
senior volunteers have worked with Americorp members to prepare homes for
hurricanes. In San Angelo, TX., senior volunteers have established a “Christmas
in April” project to renovate and weatherize housing for senior and the
handicapped. Volunteers also help landscape homes and commercial properties
to reduce energy costs. Others educate youth and adult groups about
conserving energy, using such simple suggestions as turning off lights
and setting thermostates at lower temperatures. They also do a variety
of environmental education presentations in classrooms and before civic
Many organizations support EASI’s energy conservation activities.
These include at the national level, the US Department of Energy, the US
Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the US Department of Agriculture
and its local organizations. Local public utility and environmental
officials, as well as businesses, support many conservation programs at
the community level. Accomplishments of the energy conservation program
include the number of dwellings built or retrofitted, energy savings documented
by local officials, energy conserving products sold or provided to householders
such as weather stripping, and energy saving documented by public facilities
such as schools and hospitals.
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