HONESDALE - SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) offers free residential energy assessments to home owners in Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna Counties. Learn how your home uses and loses energy and take steps to start savings money on energy costs. SEEDS trains local high school students in building science, heat transference and energy and water conservation.

Accompanied by adult supervisors, the students will visit your home and help you learn what you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, safety and comfort. Many of the steps are simple and inexpensive, and can save significant money in energy costs. Some energy savings are immediate!

The program has been funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection for the past few years and won a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. 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 opportunity for these students”, explains Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer. “This program, in its 7th year, has trained 27 students, and assessed 250 homes. In total, we have helped families put tens of thousands of dollars back into our local economy. I wish every home owner had the knowledge these students will have by the end of one summer!”

“Once you get excited about saving money on energy, you keep looking for more ways to save money and energy,” says Kathy Dodge, 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.”

If you are interested in signing up for a free assessment, visit the SEEDS website at www.seedsgroup.net or call the SEEDS office at 570-245-1256 or email jenna@seedsgroup.net.  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.