Katelyn’s December Update (sorry it is so late)


I can’t believe that 2011 finally came to an end. What an amazing year for the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. We have grown so much as a team, and more importantly have learned so much about best practices.

December was a pretty busy month in East Haddam and Ridgefield, despite everyone being excited for the holiday festivities. I tabled in Ridgefield for the Referendum vote in the pouring rain. Although the weather was bad Jess and I were in high spirits, saying hello to everyone who passed and singing songs at the top of our lungs when the traffic was slow. In East Haddam, I tabled at Grist Mill Market in attempts to catch residents when they were already out in town. It seems that people in this house rarely leave their homes to join in town festivities, but everyone has to eat right?

I also completed 12 lighting visits. On one lighting visit Chamae and I changed out 37 lightbulbs in under one hour!! Which is quite a feat in terms of the lighting program, then again we have been out in homes for a year now.

I set up a new dropbox display at the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation featuring HES for the Holidays, got us on the agenda for the upcoming Board of Selectman meeting and scheduled a workshop with the library!

One thing I am very excited about, because I always love to try new things is I am in the process of collecting footage for two video testimonials: one featuring our new energy advisors, and one in East Haddam about joining the challenge. I can’t wait to highlight my towns in the video and show people exactly what the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is about.