Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.

By Sunday morning, the comments section of the article had more than 400 remarks, most asking for ways in which they could help. And by 10 am, Upright Frameworks, one of Maine's leading weatherization companies, DeWitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation Services, Maine's leading energy auditor, and Peter Troast of Energy Circle, were on their way to the couple's home in Dixfield, Maine to do a full energy audit - at no charge.

As of now, preliminary audit results have shown a lot of promise for quick, easy fixes to the home's envelope - fixes that will be donated or done at cost for the couple. Peter's blog promises to keep everyone up-to-date on the progress of the Hartford's home, which is just one more reminder of the bigger problem at hand. "Without question, direct support to prevent people from freezing in their homes is the moral and right thing to do. But paying for people's oil, a commodity virtually guaranteed to continue it's annual 18% per year price march, is utterly unsustainable," says Peter in his response to the NYT's piece. 

"Only by addressing the underlying issue - buildings that use energy wastefully - can we bring under control a government expense that has no end in sight."

 

For more information, read The New York Times aricle here; read Peter Troast's updates here.

Photo: The Hartford's home in Dixfield, Maine. Credit: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times.

Views: 329

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Comment by Diane Chojnowski on February 27, 2012 at 2:45pm

Tom, Thanks for the great article!

Comment by Tom DelConte on February 27, 2012 at 12:42pm
Comment by David Eggleton on February 9, 2012 at 5:27pm

It's a nice story.  They are so fortunate to have been featured.  They are the tip of an iceberg, which truly is a chilling thought.

Comment by Diane Chojnowski on February 9, 2012 at 4:39pm

This is a fabulous story! Kudos to Peter Troast, DeWitt Kimball and the entire team for being true heroes.

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Jan Green posted a discussion

Retrofitting a 1979 Home to NAHB Silver or Gold - Pending Cert

I'm excited to be the lone speaker for the last in a series of lectures for the Scottsdale Green…See More
16 hours ago
Crosbey Archery liked Crosbey Archery's blog post How to improve the air quality in your home ?
Saturday
Crosbey Archery replied to Don Hynek's discussion Testing "Magic Pak" units?? in the group Multifamily Buildings
"second-floor (and higher) units without humping a ladder all the way around the building is a very…"
Saturday
Colin Genge posted events
Friday
Profile IconJon Turnbaugh, Lights N More and John Kamas joined Home Energy Pros
Friday
Amber Vignieri posted a blog post

Relay Network Targets Multifamily Housing Upgrades Nationwide

Affordable apartment buildings are home to more than 10 million American households, making them a…See More
Friday
Tom White's video was featured

Robby Schwarz on Builder Collaboration

Hear Robby Schwarz, of EnergyLogic discuss the value Owens Corning brings to Thrive Home Builders.
Friday
Crosbey Archery liked Don Hynek's discussion Testing "Magic Pak" units??
Friday

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service