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July 8, 2014

FREE HOME ENERGY AUDITS BY RICHMOND YOUTH, courtesy of the YouthWORKS Richmond Summer Youth Employment Program and Rising Sun Energy!



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Since 2000, Rising Sun Energy Center has run CYES, a summer youth employment and residential efficiency retrofit program in the Bay Area. CYES hires local young people (ages 15-22) and trains them to become Energy Specialists, serving their communities with FREE Green House Calls. Energy Specialists install free energy and water saving devices, and provide personalized recommendations for further savings in homes. CYES is available to all residents regardless of income and will be serving the communities of Antioch, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, Union City and Marin County in 2013. CYES youth receive skills training, paid summer employment, and the foundation for a green career. While local communities receive free services and education to help residents to easily do their part to combat climate change.

The visit provides renters and homeowners with a FREE energy and water conservation assessment, education, and mini-retrofit. Renters can receive CYES services because the equipment installed does not alter the infrastructure of a home - it screws in. In other words, renters don’t need special permission from their landlord - in fact 50% of CYES customers are renters.
A CYES Green House Call consists of:
·         A walk through of the house with the client; looking for energy saving opportunities
·         Replacing all incandescent bulbs with FREE energy-saving compact fluorescent versions
·         Installing FREE efficient-flow faucet aerators and showerheads
·         Testing all toilets for efficiency and leaks
·         Checking the attic insulation of the home
·         Inspecting for air leaks around doors, windows and pipes
·         Installing a FREE retractable clothesline to reduce dryer use or a FREE power strip to reduce phantom
load from electronic devices
·         Providing an energy and water conservation education
·         Emailing a customized report to the client after the CYES appointment
In addition, Energy Specialists leave: a Client Feedback card to solicit comments and referrals; an energy and water saving tip magnet; local utility rebate information, and nearby recycling and hazmat sites for proper disposal of CFLs and other hazardous materials.

To sign up for a FREE Green House Call, please call (510) 912-7895 or (510) 253-9596, Grant Lindsey, Outreach Maager or you can visit http://www.risingsunenergy.org/content/greencall.html for more information.


J! Leonhardy
Jay Leonhardy
Program Coordinator
YouthWORKS Division
Department of Employment & training
City of Richmond

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