Better Together: Leadership Huntsville Class 33 & CASA
Energy conservation is a big topic, especially when it comes to saving dollars for our seniors. Unfortunately, many of our clients are unable to afford the upgrades or fixtures that provide energy savings in their homes. A group from Leadership Huntsville Class 33 saw an opportunity to create a collaboration of local non-profits and UAH students with the mission of helping families save money on their utility bills through simple energy conservation methods.
Saving Generations will be working with qualified CASA of Madison County clients to install energy saving methods including LED light bulbs, replace HVAC filters, among others. The materials are provided by Nexus Energy Center and the volunteers include freshmen students through UAH’s Emerging Leaders program.
This opportunity allows CASA to educate future generations about the needs of our older generations and to help them connect in a real world setting. A trial run was done at one of CASA’s clients’ homes. CASA staff observed that the students were diligent in their efforts and genuinely excited about helping one of their neighbors. Seven volunteers were able to install more than 20 LED lights, caulk 5 windows, apply weather stripping to 2 doors, replace HVAC filters (while leaving behind one years worth of replacements for continued maintenance), and install a new showerhead.
We are excited to see the results and the improvements for our clients and their utilities. Unfortunately, this project has been placed on hold until the COVID-19 situation becomes less of a threat, but these students and leaders are eager to get to work. Another opportunity to look forward to on the other side of this pandemic.