What's Learned?

Project Contributors

Special thanks to all who contributed to this project, below is a list of the classes and instructors that made this project a success.

INCT 2900 -- Special Topics in INCT: Energy Efficiency and Weatherization

CNST 2900 -- Special Topics in CNST: Energy Efficiency and Weatherization

ENGL 0960 -- Fundamentals of College Writing

MATH 1240 -- Applied Math

VACA 2940 -- Metrovision Practicum

VACA 2230 2A -- Video Post Production

INFO 2944 -- Web Development Capstone

Interviews That Inspire

Interviews provided by the ENGL 0960 students.

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Testimonials

Questions & Answers

Questions were posed by the ENGL 0960 & RDLS 0100 classes and answered by the INCT 2900 & CNST 2900 classes.

How do you set the project up?

This project was set up by MCC Cares and the Service Learning Program. They are working with the Office on Aging to find our clients and we are funded by the Lowe's grant money. The goal of the project is to weatherize homes for the elderly who cannot afford the process in effort to save them money on energy and making their homes more comfortable. The projects are set up by the instructors getting a list of jobs that need to be done by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. We then contact the clients and go out to see what exactly needs to be done, and which ones we think that are students can do. After we have the jobs selected, we will then set the date for the job and what materials will be needed to do the projects. By the date that the job needs to be done, we will have gone out and purchase the material and deliver it to the jobsite for the students to do the job.

What’s the process of the project?

This project was set up by MCC Cares and the Service Learning Program. They are working with the Office on Aging to find our clients and we are funded by the Lowe's grant money. The goal of the project is to weatherize homes for the elderly who cannot afford the process in effort to save them money on energy and making their homes more comfortable. The process we will take will involve , testing their current energy usage and loss in the house. We will use the blower door test to asset this. Next we will insulate areas we feel need to be sealed foam tightened or fixed. We are also going to change light bulbs to energy efficient CLFs. After we make our repairs and insulate the house we are going to do a second blower door and see how affective we were at weatherizing the house and see how much money we can save the home owner. We are going to give our results to the Applied Math class to do our calculations. The math students then use this PDF formula to make their calculations.

How do you do a blower door test? What reads the energy loss?

The Blower Door Test is fairly simple to set up. First, you will assemble the frame. It comes in four parts that lock into place. Next, you will Velcro the red cover to the frame. Then, you will fit the frame to the door by using the adjusters on the frame. Lastly, you will put the fan in the hole of the red door seal that you velcro'd to the frame. After the frame is set up you will need to configure the reader. First you will make sure the green hose is pulled through the bottom of the red door seal, and attach it to the reader. Next , attach the red hose to fan and plug the other end to the reader. Then follow the instructions on the paper to configure the reader itself and go through the house shutting windows and opening doors to get an accurate reading. Now you are ready to turn on the blower door. Turn on the fan and wait for the reader to go to 50 Pascal's. This will give you a rating on how much air is escaping on the reader.

What is the cause/ effect of weatherization?

The homes we are going into are older homes that have been poorly insulated. The standards and codes for building homes have changed, and are continuing to change as our awareness to the environment and energy consumption increase. Weatherizing a house can save the home owner money and make the house more comfortable. By insulating a home it will keep the warm air in the house longer in the winter time and the cold air out and vice versa in the summer. It saves money because the heater doesn't have to work as hard to keep the house warm and the A/C does have to work as hard to keep the house cool. It makes it more comfortable because it'll cut down on drafty windows and doors and cracks the heating and air will feel better because it's not escaping through the cracks. The benefits of this will last for that house no matter who owns it making weatherization a good project that is worth the investment, to make you feel good and save money.

What is the comfort level before the weatherization?

Truly the one time we were in the house it wasn’t uncomfortable. It was obvious that that house could use some improvement, but we didn’t arrive on an extremely hot or cold day. The homeowner was very appreciative and welcoming, she made it very comfortable.