Home-Based Childcare Providers Save Energy
Capstone helps childcare providers save energy.
Capstone Community Action’s Child Care Food Program aided Home-Based Child Care Providers to Save Energy
During the last year, Capstone’s Child Care Food Program (CCFP) staff worked with Efficiency Vermont on a Community Energy Partnership Grant that had a goal of improving the energy efficiency of home-based child care providers’ businesses. The CCFP combined energy efficiency visits with their regular visits to the child care providers enrolled in the CCFP; the CCFP provides reimbursement for nutritious meals served within to the children in their care.
Home energy audits were conducted with 127 providers in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windsor counties. Through these visits, the providers increased their awareness of energy efficiency programs and opportunities within their own homes, and received energy efficiency products such as CFL bulbs and referrals to energy efficiency programs for further work. The providers were also given energy saving handouts which they shared with the children and parents.
The staff also provided energy saving tips and other information in the monthly newsletter sent to all providers and through workshops.
The project survey results indicated that providers were pleased with the energy visit and many did additional home improvements through the weatherization programs, other programs, or work they completed themselves. One provider’s response was “I loved learning more about saving energy and especially the power strips! I feel like it makes a big difference not having the TV and our Roku receiving power when we aren't using it.” Other provider responses were “It's nice to have someone care about helping you with your energy savings and expenses. Thank you!”, “I'm very happy with the energy grant and it's a wonderful program thank you so much :-)” and “The food program lady that came to our house was very helpful and was very persistent on getting the energy information out there. I think it is truly a good thing.” Many providers did additional energy savings to their homes such as adding more caulking around their doors and windows, while others replaced appliances, windows, storm doors, and one had solar installed.
The Community Energy Partnership Grant Program was a useful and beneficial program for home-based child care providers served by Capstone’s Child Care Food Program.