At the requests of an Eco Citizens, the FAS Green Program revived our Home Energy Efficiency Workshop 101 with the help of Harvard’s Green Building Services (GBS) on November 4. Staff members from across the university were provided lunch while they learned about resources and tips for making their home more resource efficient, especially as we enter the winter season.

First, Jen Weber Lawrence from Next Step Living presented about the importance of weatherizing your home, and shared free resources available, such as home energy audits and state rebates for efficiency upgrades. Next, Joel McKellar from GBS shared some do-it-yourself tips and best practices using simple items available at the hardware store. The workshop finished off by raffling off some simple tools for weatherizing your home, such as hot water pipe insulation, window shrink wrap, and foam weather seals.

While the 30 staff members in attendance certainly gained from the experience, there is potential for even more wide spread savings. “It was a great workshop and I’ve already shared the information with our group here at Gen Ed”, Lauren Raece, Course Coordinator at the Harvard College Program in General Education, said of the event. She added that the LED Christmas lights she won in the raffle will be used to add environmentally friendly holiday cheer to their office.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to make your home greener, Jen is available to meet with departments or other groups to discuss the free resources available to Massachusetts residents (regardless of being a home owner, or a renter). If you’re interested, reach out to her at jen.weber@nextstepliving.com.