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‘Weatherize MDI’ program returns to Mount Desert Island [WABI TV5]

College of the Atlantic pairs with regional partners to make their newly aquired, in-town student housing fossil fuel free.

By Bryan Sidelinger • WABI TV5

Off-campus housing now owned by College of the Atlantic is undergoing energy efficiency upgrades ...Off-campus housing now owned by College of the Atlantic is undergoing energy efficiency upgrades and becoming fossil fuel free.

‘A Climate to Thrive’ is a nonprofit on MDI working to make the island energy independent by 2030.

The organization is partnering with Penobscot Home Performance to launch its “Weatherize MDI” program in February, offering free consultations and incentives on making the home safer and more energy efficient.

College of the Atlantic Director of Energy Davis GibsonCollege of the Atlantic Director of Energy Davis GibsonThe program includes saving hundreds of dollars on air sealing, and thousands on insulation. David Gibson, College of the Atlantic’s Director of Energy, said COA is happy to already be doing both for its newly acquired student housing.

“We’ve put two feet of cellulose insulation in these attics, so about 50 or 60m percent above current building codes” Gibson said. “The idea being we’ve put a nice big blanket over these whole buildings, keeping the heat in, keeping the students comfortable all winter long, and it reduces our bills going forward.”

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