The public is invited to a free home energy audit seminar at 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the historic McFadden Ross House, 915 Brady.
The energy-conservation event is being hosted by the City of Dearborn and Ecotelligent Homes.
Guests will have the chance to learn what a home energy audit is and handle the equipment professional service technicians use to perform energy audits.
They will also be able to speak with DTE Energy representatives about the many rebate programs available to residents who have a home energy audit performed and who implement energy-efficiency improvements.
Experts have already conducted an energy audit at the historic McFadden-Ross House to use as an example during the Feb. 5 meeting.
Jack Tate, acting museum curator, welcomed the audit.
“We want to reduce costs," he said. "The challenge for the museum is to be energy efficient while maintaining our historical features.”
The DTE energy audit revealed heat loss occurring through a set of doors at the McFadden-Ross House.
“One of our community partners has volunteered to implement some of the recommendations, including rehabbing those doors for us. I’m very thankful and always welcome our residents’ involvement. It’s a great way to preserve the past and connect with the future,” Tate said.
Dave Norwood, Dearborn’s sustainability coordinator, echoed those thoughts.
“Finding ways to save money is something we all have to do. Accomplishing that through energy efficiency is even better.
“Plus, this evening will be interesting because of the hands-on experiences,” he said..
There will be demonstrations of thermal infrared cameras to reveal insulation levels, blower door tests to identify hidden air leaks, and safety tests to check for natural gas leaks and carbon monoxide levels from the heating system.
Registration is not required, but is recommended. To register, contact Norwood at 313-943-2159 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents may also register with Ecotelligent Homes at 248-291-7815.
Light refreshments will be served.
Additional information about saving energy and money through DTE is available by calling 1-866-796-0512 or visiting http://www.dteenergy.com/residentialCustomers.
This information was provided by the City of Dearborn.