The HomeWise program continues to reach county residents with information, resources, and support to enable energy- and water-saving changes that will save money over time. In March, the program offered a webinar on water conservation in bathrooms. This event covered tips and tricks to help identify and address leaks from toilets, which represent the largest source of water loss in American homes. Other topics of discussion included how to install low-flow faucet aerators, how to use your water meter to check for water loss at home, and more. A recording of the session will be available online next week on the event page.
The newest class of HomeWise volunteers completed their virtual training modules in March and are now preparing to participate in a hands-on training session, to demonstrate their skills to program staff. The hands-on training will give them a chance to practice installing weatherstripping on windows, installing faucet aerators, placing socket sealers, and more. In addition to showing off their hands-on skills, the volunteers will use this time to practice their demonstration skills and to share the information they’ve learned from their virtual training modules. This is the final step in their training, once it is completed they will join the class of volunteers from 2021 in the community for events and engagement with residents.
The month of April brings a lot of activity for HomeWise. On April 7, county residents will have the opportunity to speak with a trained volunteer one-on-one, free of charge, to ask questions about DIY home improvement projects related to energy and water conservation. This virtual Q&A is a chance to move toward a more comfortable, efficient, and cost-effective home. Slots are still open between 7:00 and 8:30 PM. Residents can learn more and sign up by clicking here.
The next HomeWise webinar will take place on April 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM and will cover outdoor water conservation. Just in time for gardening and lawn-watering season, this session will help attendees better manage their water use outside and save money in the process. To learn more and register, please click here.
On April 23, HomeWise will make an appearance at Supervisor Storck’s Environment Expo at Fort Hunt Park. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to hand out home efficiency kits and to provide demonstrations of common home energy and water-efficiency projects.
This article is part of a series. A new HomeWise Monthly Update will be published roughly every four weeks and will provide a snapshot of work completed and anticipated activities in the weeks ahead. Check out our Home Energy Savings news feed, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the latest HomeWise news.