What to expect on an Energy Savers Network workday.
Energy Savers Network brings energy saving devices and repairs to limited-income homes in Buncombe County. Prior to your workday, our staff will have completed the client in-take process, performed a site visit, and purchased most of the necessary materials and supplies to complete the installations in a single day.
Once you sign up for a workday, we will tell you when and where to meet. Please be on time or tell us if you will be late or if it turns out you can’t make it. Because we are working in people’s homes, we can’t accommodate a huge number of volunteers on each project. If we are counting on you and you don’t show up, it means we can’t bring a full crew and everybody else will need to work longer.
We may meet at the client’s home if it is in a central location or if it is close to where a volunteer lives. Otherwise we are likely to meet at a central location and carpool. We’ll work out those details the day before the workday. If you have to be back early in the day, be sure to let us know and we will take that into account.
Every Energy Savers Network (ESN) workday is a little bit different, primarily because every home and family is different. So the first thing to expect is to learn something about the home someone lives in and through that learn a little bit about them. The most important thing about any workday is to be respectful of those differences and to come to the day with a “servant heart” and not to display judgment or surprise about the living conditions you may find. And remember, the home we visit is the home someone lives in, so take care!
Once you get beyond those inevitable differences between people, our work develops a certain pattern over time. As a relatively unskilled volunteer, you may be asked to do some very simple tasks such as changing out light bulbs or insulating an outlet switch plate. You might assist someone in installing a water heater blanket or wrapping water heater pipes, installing our custom storm window inserts, insulating an attic access, or installing door and window weather stripping. It all depends on the assessment of the home which will have been performed prior to the volunteer workday.
As you become more skilled, or if you bring those skills with you, we might ask you to be the lead on any of those tasks or others that have been identified. More skilled work includes light carpentry that might be involved in more complicated weather sealing, caulking, replacing broken window panes, patching holes in the ceiling or floor, wrapping heat duct pipes, or using mastic and tape to mend leaky heat ducts. In some cases, it might involve getting dirty or possibly getting spray foam or caulk on your clothes, so wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or possibly permanently stained!
You don’t need to bring your own tools on your first workday, but it’s fine if you do. Team leaders are responsible for the tools and supplies used on a workday. As you become more skilled, we hope you will become a team leader.
Helping our clients reduce the burden of energy costs, helping reduce pollution that harms health and causes climate change, learning new skills and meeting new people can be very rewarding. And, working with our team can be lots of fun.
Location & Time: To Be Determined day before workday. Expect a full day and let us know if you need to arrive late or leave early.
Wear: Work Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained. Boots or closed-toe shoes.
Bring: No Tools are required for first time volunteers. Bring water, lunch, and snacks.
Sign Up for a Workday by calling 828-656-3649, visit www.energysaversnetwork.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .