Eighty-percent of Maine households heat their homes with fuel oil. Rising home heating costs are creating hardships for many lower income families. The Keep ME Warm Program provided homeowners with the means to reduce their home energy consumption. In Washington County, Extension used the train the trainer model to educate homeowners about energy conservation methods through trained volunteers. As a result, the program helped 164 households save on their heating bills and directly affected over 300 individuals. The train-the-trainer model was an ideal method for delivering effective energy education and could be used throughout the country.
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Bassano, L. V., & Eckart, D. (2010). Reducing Home Heating Costs in One Maine County. The Journal of Extension, 48(5), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.48.05.15