ALTON — The Sierra Club’s Piasa Palisades Group will present its next Climate and Energy presentation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, in the RiverBender Community Center at 200 W. Third St.
Reducing Your Home’s Energy Waste helps homeowners fight rising energy costs and higher utility bills, a particularly sensitive issue after this winter’s record-low temperatures. At the same time, the measures discussed also make homes safer, healthier and more comfortable. Topics include choosing the right lighting, heating/cooling systems and water heaters; and how proper air sealing and the right insulation can significantly reduce your monthly energy bill. Renewable energy sources will also be discussed, but the seminar’s main message is “The cheapest type of energy is the kind you don’t use!”
Thinking about building a new house? The best methods and materials to make houses both energy-free and practically indestructible will also be covered.
The seminar will be led by Don Dieckmann, chairman of the Sierra Club’s Climate Committee, and a presenter for the Climate Reality Project and Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Dieckmann is also a home inspector, energy auditor and president of Better Building Institute Inc., an education and consulting nonprofit group teaching contractors for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program under ILDCEO, and offering homeowner classes on energy upgrades, air sealing, insulation and zero-energy new home construction.
“You’d be surprised how much — or how little — different types of home improvements can influence your energy usage,” Dieckmann said. “For example, replacing windows is the most common — but least effective — energy efficiency measure, because you will never recover the cost of a new window in energy savings alone! And while one of the biggest energy leaks can be found in almost every home built since World War II, hardly anyone is aware of it.”
After completing the seminar, attendees will be eligible for a reduced rate on both a basic Energy Audit and a five-hour follow-up class on what homeowners can do themselves to fix the most common problems.
“Everyone should at least know how efficient their house is, to help make an informed decision on what to do about it,” Dieckmann said.
Prior to the seminar, everyone is invited to join Sierra Club members at Mac’s Time Out (across Belle Street from the RBCC) at 5:30 for dinner and a brief introduction by Dieckmann of how poorly performing homes are also a major contributor to climate change, and how better building practices can help end it.
To reserve a seat or for information on this and future Sierra Club Energy and Climate seminars, call Dieckmann at (618) 580-7085.
River and River Road cleanup
The Sierra Club, and many partners, need volunteers for a litter cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31. Living Lands and Waters have offered three boats to ferry volunteers to clean the river islands, beyond the land-based cleanup. The volunteers will scour both the River Road and islands in the Mississippi River in search of plastic bottles, to-go containers, random trash, appliances, and anything else that does not belong in or near the river. Volunteers will get a free boat ride, free T-shirt, free water bottle and free lunch.
Registration will be at Piasa Harbors Convenient Store parking lot at 9 a.m., where volunteers will pick up their water, gloves and bags.
Pre-registration is not necessary but is appreciated so they can accommodate the number of gloves and lunch: for information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 462-6802. Volunteers should wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and layers of clothes, depending on the weather.