Homeowners in select parts of Oberlin can get a free energy audit this weekend as part of a conservation program through the non-profit organization Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly and Columbia Gas.
The White House named Oberlin a Climate Action Champion in late 2014 for efforts to rapidly switch from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewables. Shortly thereafter in 2015, Oberlin became a semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition, which will deliver $5 million to the competition’s winner.
In support of these efforts, an energy audit blitz will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 19. Twenty homeowners will be given an audit. To be eligible, you must live on West College (from Prospect to South Pyle); Morgan Street (from Prospect to South Pyle); Colony, Hawthorne, Mulberry, Fairway, Glenhurst Drive, Woodhaven, Parkwood, the east side of South Pyle, or Robin Park Boulevard.
Residents who are not available to participate in the Blitz can receive an audit year-round for $50.
A trained home energy advisor will analyze homes from top to bottom, identifying ways to save money and make the home more comfortable. Services include blower door tests and infrared photography to locate and measure air leaks; stove, furnace, and water heater checks; and installation of a free touchscreen thermostat and energy-efficient showerheads where appropriate.
Oberlin residents who live in the free energy audit area or have questions about energy efficiency programs should contact Greg Jones of POWER at 440-935-0995.