Volunteers to spread word about energy efficiency – Bangor Daily News

Volunteers to spread word about energy efficiency – Bangor Daily News.

If you see people walking around your neighborhood a week from this Saturday — and they’re wearing green sneakers and yellow T-shirts — give them a friendly wave.

The sneakers may be any color; they may even be loafers, oxfords or work boots. The wearers will be volunteers with the Green Sneakers Project, an effort to spread the word about the economics of energy efficiency in Maine.

The Green Sneakers Project kicked off back in May in Camden, Rockport and Portland. Nearly 50 volunteers took part at that time, going door to door and handing out 500 recyclable shopping bags containing coupons, information and gifts designed to save energy.

They’ll be out in force again on Oct. 2 in the Bangor-Orono area, plus Thomaston, South Portland and Lewiston-Auburn. Volunteers in Fort Kent were out this past weekend. The goal is to talk directly with homeowners about steps they can take to better weatherize their homes and save money in doing so.

The door-to-door campaign is a project of Maine Partners for Cool Communities, an alliance of the American Lung Association of Maine, Maine Council of Churches, Maine Energy Investment Corp., Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Sierra Club, Maine chapter.

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