Freebies at a Fundraiser! The more you give, the more you get! Both were catch phrases at SEEDS’ (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) annual fundraiser Thursday May 7th, featuring a silent auction and SWAPAPALOOZA. Local businesses donated baskets, gift cards and wonderful items including an overnight stay at the historic Watres Lodge in Lacawac Sanctuary, a wine making kit, NACL Theatre tickets, framed prints, a free photography session and many other items, including a few great baskets that were perfect gifts for mother’s day.

silent auction items

But this unique fundraiser also offered guests a free gift. SEEDS added a SWAPAPALOOZA to the event. Guests who donated a household item they no longer wanted, were able to swap their item for another. Some folks brought four, five and six items, and were able to take home as many items as they brought.

swap items

Swap items included a hedge trimmer, motorcycle helmets, an exercise trampoline, yoga mat, Christmas tree stand, backgammon game, jewelry, plants, workbench, and so much more. Guest MC, Robert Mermell, who serves on the SEEDS Advisory Committee, provided comical commentary and ushered the crowd through the silent auction and the SWAPAPALOOZA event. Everyone had a great time.

Crowd Shot

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“SEEDS is growing. More and more people are joining our organization and supporting our efforts. Anyone interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living can meet and mingle with others at our annual fundraiser” said SEEDS Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer. “I was grateful for the support we received from local organizations, who donated terrific items. Since SEEDS supports recycling and repurposing, the SWAPAPALOOZA was a perfect addition to our party. So many asked us to do it again next year, so I think we found our fundraising niche.”

gift card donations

(Honesdale National Bank, Pet Central, Gina Lenz Photography and Dyberry Forks Restaurant all donated gift cards to the event.)

Cramer wanted to thank all the businesses who donated items to the event: New Wave Custom Woodworking, Bethany Village Senior Living Community, Pet Central, Honesdale National Bank, Honesdale Agway, Gina Lenz Photography, Lacawac Sanctuary, NACL Theater, Stephen’s Pharmacy, Wayne Independent, Dave’s Super Duper, Dyberry Forks Restaurant, Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy, Hamlin Distributors, Milkweed, Capra Collina Winery and Wayne Bank. “These businesses recognize the economic benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Their support it critical to SEEDS.”

The doors opened at 6:30 pm. The event took place in the SEEDS office on the second floor of The Cooperage on Main Street in Honesdale, Pa. All funds raised will be used to pay rent for the SEEDS office.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that works with residents and businesses to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and grow our renewable energy infrastructure. Their next upcoming forums are: Green Cleaning – How and why to clean your body/home without harsh chemicals will be held at the Damascus Township Building on Tuesday May 12th at 7 pm. Their annual Do-It-Yourself solar workshop will be held at the Wayne Conservation District on Tuesday and Wednesday June 16 and 17. For more information please contact Jocelyn Cramer at jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245-1256. Visit www.seedsgroup.net to join their newsletter list to be notified of all our upcoming free forums.

 

John and fruit basket KathyGinaHappy Bev

Ashley and 2 prints

 

SEEDS member Martin Springhetti attended our second annual Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Workshop in June earlier this year, and made the decisions to purchase and install solar panels on his garage.

He writes:  “Thank you, Thank you  SEEDS for sponsoring the two free do-it-yourself solar panel installation workshops I attended.  They gave me the knowledge, skills and courage to install my own solar panels.  I have a good location with easy access so it made the project relatively simple.  The system is rated at about seven thousand kilowatts which is about the amount of electricity I used last year.”

We want to thank Martin fro sharing this great photo with us.

Martin Springhetti DIY Solar panels

SEEDS of Northeastern PA forms another partnership generating energy savings for our area.

Earlier this year, SEEDS was asked by Bethany Town Council member John Harvey to assess the Bethany Public Library for energy efficiency, to help save energy costs. SEEDS volunteers Pete Snyder, Jim Martin and Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer walked the building and prepared a customized report for the library to help them upgrade the beautiful and historic space. Recently, SEEDS Board member Luke Turano, also a member of the Honesdale Area Jaycess suggested that SEEDS and the Jaycees partner to perform the work that needed to be done on the library. Most of the issues were air breeches, and could be resolved with caulk, foam and insulation.

On a recent chilly Saturday afternoon, about a dozen volunteers spent 3 hours sealing the library up tight. The supplies needed were minimal; literally a few tubes of caulk, expanding spray foam, insulation and weather-stripping materials. But these volunteers and a few tools made significant improvements to the building without replacing any of the beautiful exterior doors. Think about the amount of energy lost if someone put a softball through your window. You would not wait long before fixing it. If you added up the small air breaches that many buildings have, they can add up to a pretty large hole. So that was the goal that day, to seal all the air breeches possible, and cut down on the heat transfer in cold weather. Caulking guns are clean and easty to use and much cheaper than heat loss

Insulation was secured to an attic hatch door, and some additional insulation was added. Foam paneling was cut and placed in the chimney flue, weather-stripping on the exterior doors was replaced. Exterior doors were insulated on their interior, holes and cracks were filled, such as around windows and doors, and where utility wires and pipes entered the structure, and believe it or not, fun was had by all! The library shared its pre-upgrade energy costs with us, and will share them again with us after the cold months to estimate savings. “It is hard to say exactly how much energy SEEDS helps people save through our forums and free home energy assessments, because we often don’t know which steps we recommend are actually taken. But when SEEDS helps do the actual work, we get very excited about being able to measure the energy savings and share the results with the community” said SEEDS executive Director Jocelyn Cramer.

SEEDS was grateful to all the volunteers that helped that day. Zack Jennings, Liz Johnson, Steve Daniels, Jeremy Coar, and Dan Fisch joined Luke Turano from the Jaycees. They helped Jim Sanders, Pete Snyder, Katharine Dodge and Michael Rollison of SEEDS complete the work. Bethany council member John Harvey and Ruth Bairstow from The Bethany Library were on hand to help direct the work. SEEDS is planning to collaborate with the Jaycees in future workdays helping other non-profits that serve our community upgrade their buildings, and lower their energy costs.

Looking at Air Breeches from outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about SEEDS, please contact Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer at Jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or by calling (570) 245 – 1256.

 

Click HERE to view video presentation by Jack Barnett at the SEEDS Annual General Membership Meeting 9-16-14

Clean Energy Co-op

Clean Energy Co-Op

Announcing the new Clean Energy Cooperative Inc.
Developing Community through Clean Energy in Northeast PA

Break out the champagne—or wheatgrass juice, or whatever— the Clean Energy Cooperative of Northeast Pennsylvania is now accepting members!

Developed by SEEDS over the last 12 months, this Clean Energy Cooperative will make clean energy solutions affordable for our local non-profits and community organizations.  We will do this by financing the upfront costs of solar panels and other renewable energy systems, enabling these wonderful local organizations to stretch their payments over a 20 year period, all while saving on their utility bills.

Your one-time Co-op membership fee of $100 provides the operating funds to help set up the Co-op. These costs are minimal as we have a group of dedicated volunteers running the Co-op, but there are always a few expenses. The other side of the win/win equation is that Co-op members have a direct say in the future of renewable energy in rural northeast Pennsylvania by:

  • having a ‘one member = one vote’ in the Cooperative,
  • helping us identify more members,
  • helping us identify Co-op projects, and
  • the future opportunity to consider funding in a Co-op project, by providing some of the upfront capital, with a modest return over a twenty year payback (and we will have lots of information on how that works and how that’s structured).

Or your role can stop with simply joining a worthwhile cause for our area and the planet.

You can be one of the first 25 members to join by going to http://www.CleanEnergy.Coop. Or you can wait and hear more about it at the SEEDS General Membership Meeting on September 16. But why wait? By being one of the first 25 members, you get (drum roll please) to tell your children, your cat, your neighbors, your houseplants, that you were one of the original 25 members of the Clean Energy Cooperative of Northeast Pennsylvania, thereby taking a stand for Mother Earth.

These buttons have additional ways to learn about and get connected with the Clean Energy Co-op, or call Michele on 570-224-0052:

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We at SEEDS are proud to have helped birth this community-owned organization and glad to have them as a partner with us working on a sustainable future for all!
– Kathy Dodge, SEEDS Chair
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To view August 14, 2014 WNEP news coverage, click here:  http://wnep.com/2014/08/14/power-to-save-solar-energy-at-habitat-for-humanity-home/

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA and Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County Pennsylvania partnered to introduce solar technology to Habitat families.

Last year, SEEDS approached Habitat for Humanity  to introduce them to solar technology. Habitat was already dedicated to building energy efficiency homes for their families, but were not familiar with solar.

SEEDS is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living. Habitat is dedicated to building energy efficiency homes for qualified families who might not otherwise be able to afford a home. Keeping energy costs down, and maximizing energy efficiency helps Habitat families succeed in their home ownership.

SEEDS’ objective was to compare the energy use before and after the solar installation so that energy savings could be analyzed. SEEDS hopes that this experience will result in Habitat using solar technology on future homes.

Habitat Home with Solar thermal system

In May, the John and Helen Villaume Foundation awarded SEEDS a grant to purchase a solar thermal hot water system. In June, SEEDS volunteers worked with Habitat volunteer to select a home. Several were considered and evaluated using a solar pathfinder device. In late June, a home was selected, and the system was ordered. A Habitat home owner, Cindy Mills of Waymart PA received the system and it was installed on July 7th, 2014.  Her roof was pointed in a good direction, allowing for maximum sun throughout the day, and she had no trees shading the spot were the panel would be installed. The entire process would not be possible without the generous donation of time and expertise from Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions, a family run heating/plumbing/electrical and now SOLAR business based in Beach Lake, PA. Blair received his first solar training through a SEEDS sponsored program in 2009.  Blair has since become a PA and NY approved solar installer, and is a NABCEP (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified Installer.

SEEDS is grateful to all the Habitat volunteers for their enthusiasm on this partnership. We wish to thank all our SEEDS volunteers who made this happen. And we would also like to thank Cindy, who is so enthusiastic about her new solar thermal system, and has allowed us to tour her home with press and folks who want to see the system and learn more about it.

Close up on solar thermal panel against beautiful blue sky

Cindy’s electricity use will be monitored to see what the energy savings are from her new solar thermal system. SEEDS hopes this installation teaches others about solar technology. We are happy to have partnered with Habitat, brining solar technology to lower income families, and we hope this experience leads to other solar installations.

Although solar systems have been used on Habitat homes in other states, we have not yet been able to find an instance of this happening in Pennsylvania.  SEEDS and Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County may be making a bit of history here!

Clyde Kreider in Habitat Basement with solar tank

SEEDS Videos:

Solar Installer Blair Buselli talks about how a solar thermal hot water system works

Buselli Part 2

Habitat home owner Cindy,talks about her new solar thermal hot water system

Wayne County Habitat President Mark Graziadio, talks about the benefits of solar

Clyde Kreider- Head of Wayne County Habitat Building Committee

 

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County Pennsylvania, call (570) 251-8115 or email hfh18431@verizon.net.