The Issue: Energy Leakage from Poorly Insulated Doors
In addition to its obvious use as an entryway, a home’s front door contributes significantly to air leakage. A poorly constructed, insulated, and air-sealed door will release cool and warm air out of the house during extreme seasons, contributing to expensive energy bills and unregulated temperatures, according to a report from the US Department of Energy. However, energy-efficient improvements can help cut energy bills and keep houses comfortable.
The Campaign: Outfitting Homes with Energy-Efficient Doors
If 60 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Habitat for Humanity of Colorado can provide energy-efficient front doors for four of its newly built houses. Because Habitat homes are traditionally smaller than 1,200 square feet, with three bedrooms and no garage or basement, most of their heat escapes through their front doors. Having a front door that meets Energy Star standards in Colorado can help lower electric costs, thereby lowering a family’s monthly utility bills and keeping them on the path to self-sufficiency. Each additional $150 raised will fund a door for another home.
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Habitat for Humanity of Colorado
The first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Colorado sprouted up in 1979 with the purpose of building simple, affordable homes for low-income families and spreading a sense of community. Since then, 28 more affiliates have strapped on their tool belts and joined in. In 2008, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado built its 1,000th home, sparking a campaign to build 1,000 more in the next three years.
When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, it enlists the help of the family who will be living there. They dedicate their time and sweat to completing the project alongside volunteers, neighbors, donors, churches, and other supporters, engendering a spirit of renewal and togetherness. Once they move in, families pay a no-interest mortgage with monthly payments based on 25% of their income. These payments go into a revolving fund that promotes the construction of more homes.