PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Hello there! If you’re looking for advice about weatherizing your home or composting, the information on this site will hopefully be useful. HOWEVER, we stopped doing weatherization work a few years ago, so we can no longer help with that.
When we started, we were happily and proudly filling an important niche. Weatherization and auditing companies were few, often inexperienced and sometimes, well, less than trustworthy. In addition, not all homes were eligible and those that were often had a hard time getting the right work done. Once MA fully implemented MassSave, more work was getting done, but not always well.
By 2012 or so, the MassSave program and its certified vendors were generally providing good advice and good work. (Yes, we have some quibbles about the quality still, but it is generally good.) They will conduct a FREE energy audit and qualify homeowners for various rebates on energy efficiency work. They also provide such steep discounts that having a fleet of volunteers do the work, at cost plus coffee and pizza, no longer made sense.
So these days, we’re still happy to answer questions, we still try to provide some updates with valuable energy saving tips and tricks, but we (meaning Jeremy) are mostly focused on reducing waste by way of making compost.
Judging by the number of people viewing this website daily, even our old instructions still hold great interest, so take a look around, and drop us a note if you’ve got questions.
All the best,
(Information below is old, but this is how we got our start.)
We are an all-volunteer (no paid staff) organization who weatherizes (air-seals), homes in Arlington, MA. Homeowners pay for the cost of materials (and food for volunteers) but nothing else.
Our goals are simple:
- To raise the level of comfort for the residents by sealing as many leaks as possible,
- To save the homeowners money by allowing less warm air to escape (during the winter) and keeping the cool, conditioned air inside (during the summer),
- To reduce emissions from the home,
- To have a good time working with others in the community.
In about five hours, a team of 30-40 volunteers and trained leaders go into a home to make it more efficient by sealing all gaps with materials you can purchase in most home stores. The last two homes sealed reduced air flow by 30% and 29% respectively. That represents a huge financial savings for the homeowners and increase in comfort.
Prior to events we do extensive examinations, including blower door tests, of each site to get baseline readings. At the end of each event we do another blower door test to see how much air-infiltration has been reduced.
We’re always looking for the next home to weatherize, so if you live in Arlington, MA and are interested please contact us at:
Most entries are authored by Jeremy Marin, a member of the A-HEET Board.