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It’s “Tool Time” for Brunswick seventh graders!
 BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It’s “Tool Time” in Brunswick and it’s about to get messy! Ninety students in the Seventh Grade class at Brunswick Junior High School will spend two days on December 17th and 18th working with Upright Frameworks to reduce the energy costs for a home owned by Independence Association, a local non-profit. Students will begin by learning how to use critical materials and tools of the trade, and will then head out “into the field” to help with the actual retrofit work.
 Upright Frameworks CEO, Josh Wojcik, and Complete Home Evaluation Services CEO, DeWitt Kimball worked with the class a couple of weeks ago to conduct an energy audit of the building.  “Tool Time” day gives the students a chance to start working with the materials and equipment involved in weatherizing a home. On Wednesday (the day after), students will use their new skills to help improve the efficiency of a home in Bath. In February, the students will organize a community presentation, during which what they will share what they learned about building science and energy efficiency during their project.
 “It doesn’t get better than this. By teaching kids to safely use materials and equipment to reduce energy costs in a real home, we’re helping them to bridge the gap between theory and practice.” said Wojcik, CEO of Upright Frameworks. “It’s one thing to talk about the economic impact of cutting home heating costs by 25-50%, and another thing entirely to show students how it’s done!
 Maine has the oldest housing stock in the country and nearly 80 percent of its homes are heated with oil. Consumers in Maine spend more than $1 billion annually on oil. If Maine reduced its energy consumption by 30 percent statewide, more than $300 million would be channeled back into the local economy each year.   “These kids are really making a difference, and they’re learning all about science, math, economics and construction along the way,” said Wojcik. “It’s the kind of project we can all be proud of.”  

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