Rin Porter is out in the field working with building owners across central Minnesota as a member of the Minnesota Retired Engineers Assistance Program (RETAP). She describes her work on energy audits: "Generally I see problems of two kinds: (1) things the organization was aware of, but just hadn’t decided to address, and (2) things the organization is not aware of and never even thought of looking at or changing."
What inspired her to become a member? "I have been interested in energy conservation since the Carter administration, and when I retired from university teaching, I was looking for something to do part-time that would follow that interest, and allow me to do some good, to give back."
The best part of the work? "Finding situations that can be fixed and will give the clients a great return on investment and reduce their operating costs."
Advice for potential clients for this free service? "Get an energy audit. Don’t put it off because you are afraid there might be things you have to fix. We always recommend the easiest, cheapest things to fix, along with the more expensive ones. You can reduce your operating costs immediately, sometimes with very little capital outlay."
RETAP can help
The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) employs skilled, retired professionals to provide environmental facility assessments and community sustainability assistance to Minnesota’s businesses, institutions, and communities. Services are provided at no cost to clients.
If you know a small business, civic building, church or school interested in finding out if their boiler, doors and windows, recycling program, or lighting are working at their best, have them contact RETAP at 612-781-1307.
source: MN Energy Stories from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS)