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An invitation to view deep energy retrofit

To the editor:

In honor of Deerfield’s “12-12” campaign to reduce energy consumption throughout the town by 12 percent in 2012, I am participating in a nationwide energy-awareness event Saturday known locally as NESEA’s Green Buildings Open House. I’d like to invite Deerfield residents and others who are interested to come visit us at 16 Capt. Lathrop Drive and see the results of the “extreme energy makeover” my husband and I just did on our 1977 ranch.

This “extreme energy makeover,” known more commonly as a deep energy retrofit, involved air-sealing the entire building envelope and adding significant insulation to the walls and attic with proper attention to building science.

We upgraded our single-pane windows to double-panes. We installed a properly sized ventilation system to circulate fresh air.

Because it takes much less energy to heat a deeply insulated house than a house with no insulation, or one insulated to the current building code, we also installed a properly sized solar hot water heating system, which generates radiant heat through our newly poured concrete slab floors.

We have lots of information to share about the process and costs associated with a deep energy retrofit. As a member of the Deerfield Energy Resources Committee, and as executive director of NESEA, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, I am delighted to support a program that invites the public to come and learn about energy from their neighbors.

Please share my invitation to come talk about energy at 16 Capt. Lathrop Drive, South Deerfield, on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jennifer Marrapese

South Deerfield

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