Mayor Chris Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln and Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods initiatives will conduct a home energy upgrade event on Thursday, Jan. 20 as part of the Lincoln Energy Challenge. Volunteers will learn about energy efficiency in the home, and then apply those skills on two buildings in the Near South neighborhood.
AmeriCorps members will provide home energy efficiency training at 10 a.m. at the "F" Street Recreation Center. Volunteers will be taught how to apply caulking, install foam outlet insulators, hang window film insulation and encourage general behavior changes to improve a home's comfort and save energy.
Shortly after the training, volunteers will upgrade the energy efficiency of the Near South Community Bike Kitchen, 1720 S. 15th St., and the residence of Mark and Ann Watt, located at 1448 "B" Street. Materials will be provided by The Home Depot.
This energy upgrade event is part of the Lincoln Energy Challenge, which launched earlier this month. The Challenge is a campaign that asks the community to get comfortable saving money by joining the challenge, taking action and sharing progress.
The City's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative was launched in partnership with the Nebraska Attorney General's office, which provided $50,000 from a lawsuit settlement. The $2.4 million in stimulus funds to support the effort are available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.