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Free weatherizing workshop coming to Gresham

Learn to insulate your attic

Thanks to funding from the Energy Trust of Oregon, a free workshop will be held in Gresham next month to teach people how to insulate their attics to get ready for winter.

The Community Energy Project (CEP) will offer the weatherizing workshop, a new pilot project, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at MetroEast Community Media, 829 N.E. Eighth St. in Gresham. To register for the free workshop, log onto www.communityenergyproject.org and go to the calendar page.

People will get a lot out of the class, said CEP spokeswoman Sherrie Smith, and it will help them save money on energy bills.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED: COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECT - A new workshop Saturday, Nov. 15, will teach homeowners how to blow in their own attic insulation.“Making energy upgrades can be very expensive and out of reach of many people, especially low-income homeowners,” Smith said. “Even if somebody gets a free (energy) audit, they don't always understand the language the sales person or contractor is using. We created this workshop so the average person can understand more about how their home works.”

The weatherization workshop will focus first on attic space, according to CEP's website, and will offer the following:

n Best safety practices.

n How to conduct your own energy audit and project planning.

n Air sealing, exhaust and ventilation for moisture control and mold prevention.

n How to blow in insulation.

n Incentives and tax credits to make improvements more affordable.

Smith said the attic is the first place homeowners should think about when saving energy, which can lower energy bills.

“The attic is a great do-it-yourself project and most people have an attic, the first place you should weatherize because hot air rises,” she said. “We will be focusing on the attic, air sealing and how to use expanding foam and seal up all the cracks. We will also talk about exhaust so when the bathroom fan is running and collecting all that steam, that it is not going into the attic space.”

The workshop also will cover ducting, baffling, how thick the insulation should be and insider tips on where to get supplies more inexpensively than in “big box” stores.

CEP was started in 1979 as a project of Responsible Urban Neighborhood Technology in response to the oil crisis of the 1970s. The organization started in Oregon in 1987 and became a contractor with the city of Portland's Bureau of Housing and Community Development, offering training to low-income people through workshops and direct weatherization services to seniors and people with disabilities.

Smith said this is the first time CEP has offered a workshop in Gresham, and if this one is well attended, more will be offered.

“If this gets popular we'll be able to provide supplies, free stuff to help people do the work right now,” she said. Future workshops could focus on drafty windows, how to change a furnace filter and other information that can help people keep their homes warmer this winter.


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