SEEDS Hires 3 Local Students and Announces FREE Home Energy Assessments
SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) has hired 3 area students who will be learning about energy efficiency, and helping residents of Wayne and Pike Counties save money on their energy costs. Kyle McDermott, Andrew Bochnovich and Nate Mansfield were hired to join SEEDS volunteers on the Energy Assessment team.
SEEDS offers free residential energy assessment programs each summer. The program has been funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection for the past few years. SEEDS, a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living, has dedicated volunteers who make this program happen each year.
“It is a unique summer job for these students”, explains Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer. “This program, in its 6th year, has provided 24 jobs for local students, and assessed 227 homes. In total, we have helped families put tens of thousands of dollars back into family budgets and our local economy. I wish every home owner had the knowledge these students will have by the end of one summer!”
The energy assessment takes approximately 1 hour. The students, accompanied by at least one adult SEEDS volunteer trainer/supervisor, will walk the perimeter of the home with the owner(s), then the interior including attic and crawl space or basement. Shortly afterwards, home owners receive a report detailing ways they can improve the home’s energy efficiency and comfort. All these efforts are better for the long term health and comfort of the home, and can save significant money in energy costs. Some energy savings are immediate!
“Once you get excited about saving money on energy, you keep looking for more ways to save money and energy,” says Kathy Dodge, Chair of SEEDS and one of the program volunteers. “It can become a game among family members—a challenging and fun way to teach the next generation about efficiency and sustainability. Some families even install solar panels, once their home’s efficiency is improved, and are generating much of the power they need by their own system.”
(SEEDS Volunteers and Students: From left to right: Andrew Bochnovich, Kathy Dodge Kyle McDermott, Mikayla Young, Nate Mansfield and Jeremy Oettinger)
Kyle will be a senior at Wallenpaupack this year. He is a member of their Energy Committee and is interested in Environmental Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. He is a part of the Gifted Program at his high school, and loves to play soccer. This is his second year as a team member.
Andrew graduated from Honesdale High School this spring, and was their class valedictorian. He plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall. Andrew was also the winner of a recent sustainability essay contest that SEEDS sponsored in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt. You can read Andrew’s essay at www.seedsgroup.net.
Nate will be a sophomore at Honesdale High School this fall. He has been on the honor roll since 2015, and a member of GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) since 2012.
“We have high expectations this year”, said Cramer. “Our students help improve this program every year. We are also thrilled to have Mikayla with us as a volunteer intern. She will enter her sophomore year at Vassar this fall. Jeremy Oettinger is a wonderful asset, returning as an adult volunteer. Jeremy worked on this program for three years in his high school days, and now is a supervisor, also helping us train the students.”
If you are interested in signing up for a free assessment, call the SEEDS office at (570) 245 – 1256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about SEEDS, or to receive our newsletter, please visit www.seedsgroup.net and click on the Sign Up For Our Newsletter button on the right.