Tom Geller

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tom Geller

Interview by: Carley Stein


Q: How did you hear about POWER?

A: Im actually friends with somebody whose mother runs POWER. I figured Id give POWER a try, Id seen the signs around and so forth.

Q: Why did you contact POWER?

A: Well [my house] was a fixer upper when I bought it; I bought it really cheap. The entire kitchen had to be torn out, there was no insulation in the attic, there were a lot of problems all over. I did a few things when I first bought it, including putting insulation in. But, I knew that the windows were leaking and the insulation wasnt great and so forth.

Q: When you bought your home, was energy efficiency a consideration?

A: To be honest I didnt really think so much about energy when I bought the place; I knew I was going to improve the place. And when one of the original contractors said, Yeah well, were tearing out these walls we should put in insulation, I was like, Oh yeah I never even really thought of that. It was kind of the last thing on my mind. But then with the polar vortexes coming through, it became forefront of my mind.

Q: How would you describe your initial walkthrough with POWER?

A: It was great. They sent somebody to actually do the assessment, and he was terrific. They put a big fan in the door and they close off all the windows and such and basically see how airtight the house is. Then I got Ritsko insulation, who were terrific, who actually did the work. So, pretty much from beginning to end it was good.

Having groups like POWER make houses more livable and certainly more energy efficient.

Q: How would you define sustainability and what actions have you made to contribute to sustainability?

A: I think, generally speaking, the lifestyle I enjoy is not sustainable in any way, and Id say that's true for Americans generally. And I don't pretend that it isnt. And there are small things that we do, Im glad that Oberlin has a recycling program for example. But yeah, my energy consumption personally is way out of line with what I give back to the world generally.

Q: Do you have any final thoughts?

A: I really do want POWER to do well, they did such a good job by me, and God knows there are plenty of places in Oberlin that could use it.Having groups like POWER make houses more livable and certainly more energy efficient.

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