EOS Eco-en­ergy brings back pop­u­lar draft-proof­ing par­ties

Fall means it’s time to seal air leaks in your home

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY -

EOS Eco-en­ergy is once again of­fer­ing free draft-proof­ing work par­ties all fall and win­ter.

With fund­ing from En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Canada’s Eco Ac­tion Fund, EOS is look­ing for home­own­ers in­ter­ested in learn­ing how to seal air leaks in their home.

“Draft-proof­ing work par­ties in­volve a home­owner invit­ing friends over and EOS brings all the air seal­ing ma­te­ri­als, tools, even party food, and it’s to­tally free,” ex­plains EOS ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Amanda Mar­lin. EOS can also bring vol­un­teers if needed. EOS cov­ers the cost of a cer­ti­fied home en­ergy ad­vi­sor who brings a blower door unit that mea­sures changes in air flow in the home. EOS staff and the en­ergy ad­vi­sor teach the home­owner and their party guests where to look for drafts and how to seal them. Then, ev­ery­one gets down to work seal­ing air leaks dur­ing the three­hour party.

EOS has or­ga­nized 17 draft­proof­ing par­ties over the past two years. On av­er­age dur­ing a party, drafts are re­duced by roughly 15 per cent but some­times as high as 40 per cent. This trans­lates into sav­ing money on heat­ing bills and also re­duc­ing emis­sions. Homes are warmer and more com­fort­able too. Home­own­ers and party guests have also learned new home im­prove­ment skills.

“Home­own­ers and party guests are al­ways sur­prised to learn where drafts are com­ing from and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate learn­ing how to do the work them­selves,” Mar­lin adds.

Draft- proof­ing work par­ties have been com­pared to old-fash­ioned barn rais­ings where neigh- bours come to­gether to help each other. The free EOS draft-proof­ing work party pro­gram is open to all home­own­ers in the Tantra­mar re­gion with pri­or­ity for low­er­in­come res­i­dents, those in need, or those with non-elec­tric heat sources. EOS is also look­ing for vol­un­teers and for busi­nesses in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing ad­di­tional par­ties to help meet the de­mand.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to fill in a party re­quest form, visit https:// eosec­oen­ergy. com/ en/ party/ or con­tact Mar­lin at eos@ nb.aibn.com or 506-536-4487.

AMANDA MAR­LIN PHOTO

Draft-proof­ing party par­tic­i­pants seal air leaks in this file im­age, while a blower door unit helps mea­sure changes in air flow.

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