Bois Forte Band

Helping Elders save energy, make their homes more safe and comfortable

Hired home energy technician with support from CERTs

Helping Elders

 

Bois Forte Band recognized that they had a need to support Elders who were experiencing high energy costs, discomfort, and even safety issues at home.

With a combination of education, weatherization, new appliances, and other fixes, they did a lot of work with a small budget to help 30 Elders.

We chatted with Gordy Adams Jr., Bois Forte Housing Director at the time of the project, to learn more about the improvements and their impact.

 

Many of our Elders have little income and were grateful for the weatherization services the grant provided to help in reducing heating costs by replacing broken windows, fixing trim and doors, caulking, weather stripping, spray foam, and plastic for windows during the winter months.

Gordy Adams Jr., former Bois Forte Housing Director

Can you tell us a little bit about your project?

Gordy Adams: The project began by educating 30 Elder homeowners on energy-efficient technologies to reduce home energy costs, like LED lighting, low-flow showerheads, ENERGY STAR appliances, and efficient furnaces. The project then provided a temporary weatherization technician who was able to inspect Elder homes and identify specific energy-efficient deficiencies for repairs. Many of our Elders have little income and are grateful for the weatherization services the grant provided to help in reducing heating costs by replacing broken windows, fixing trim and doors, caulking, weather stripping, spray foam, and plastic for windows during the winter months.

What did community members think about the improvements?

Gordy Adams: The Elders were very appreciative of the work done in their homes. Here are a few notes we received:

  • It’s helped me to be able to close my door tight to keep out the cold! Miigwech!
  • Now I have a window that I can see out of without a big plastic bag covering the broken parts that will keep heat and cold out as needed!
  • What a great helper and repaired everything I asked for!

What did you learn during the project?

Gordy Adams: During the project it was identified that Elder homeowners were in need of additional minor repairs beyond energy improvements, and we made those, too.  These minor repairs—like plumbing fixes, wall patches, and railing repair—helped to further alleviate homeowner concerns.

Miigwech (thank you CERTs) from all of us at Bois Forte!

Gordy Adams Jr., former Bois Forte Housing Director

Project Snapshot

 
  • Technology: Home weatherization, including lighting, appliances, heating and cooling equipment, insulation and sealing, windows and door repair
  • NE CERT Seed Grant: $4,350
  • Total Project Cost: $8,423
  • Other Funds: in-kind donations from Bois Forte Housing in the form of materials and travel expenses
  • Project Team: Terri Drift and Warren Villebrun - Bois Fort Housing, Dani Pieratos, Gordy Adams Jr., and James Ryan- previously with Bois Forte Housing
  • People Involved and Reached: 405
  • Annual Energy Savings: 10,052 kWh and 2,931 gallons propane