Homeowners Save Money and Energy through Sustainable Princeton Housewarming Project

Sustainable Princeton and the Energy Service Corps of New Jersey have teamed up to provide energy assessments and simple energy fixes to ten homes in Princeton in 2012 free of charge. The Housewarming team, funded by a $10,000 grant from the J. Seward Johnson Sr., Charitable Trust, completed work on three Princeton homes in April of 2012, providing $100 in free materials and labor to participating households.  The group is looking for seven additional households to take part in the pilot in the Fall of 2012.

“For most people, a twenty percent return on investment can be realized through home energy improvements. I don't know any other investment strategy that is paying those kind of rates and simple energy fixes improve the comfort and value of your home,” says, Heidi Fichtenbaum, a Sustainable Princeton board member and LEED Accredited Professional with Farewell Architects, LLC who is leading the Housewarming project.

Participating households are asked to collect and share energy bills with Sustainable Princeton from one year before and one year after the Housewarming to note the savings that have taken place.

Each participating household is provided with a two hour assessment of each home’s unique energy issues. The Housewarming team returns to the home a second time to make any simple energy fixes such as weather stripping, caulking or installing outlet gaskets. Each homeowner is then provided a written description of the energy fixes that have been completed which includes suggestions for any additional work that could be accomplished with the help of a contractor.  Sustainable Princeton plans to expand the Housewarming program in 2013.

Reducing energy usage generated from fossil fuels in Princeton homes is one of Sustainable Princeton’s strategic goals for Princeton for 2012 and beyond  Sustainable Princeton’s vision is to create a community that makes a habit of living and working sustainably.

To learn about participation requirements in the Housewarming project, contact Diane Landis or Andrea Malcolm.  To download the Housewarming home improvement checklist see our Home Energy Use resource page.