ATLANTIC CITY — A pair of apostles of energy-efficient living will bring a week of free lessons on that money-saving topic to historic Gardner’s Basin starting Sunday.
Corbett and Grace Lunsford will also turn a tiny house — part of an emerging real-estate trend in parts of the country — into a “tiny lab” they will use to teach different groups how to use energy more wisely, and cheaply.
The tiny house will be set up next to the Atlantic City Aquarium through May 7, says Jim Rutala, of Linwood, a consultant working with Atlantic City to promote energy efficiency in the town.
During their stay at Gardner’s Basin for this Proof is Possible Tour, the Lunsfords and others will offer “multiple educational opportunities for homeowners, contractors, home-performance specialists and real estate agents,” the organizers say. All but one of the sessions is free.
The Atlantic City visit is sponsored by GreenLife Energy Solutions, an Egg Harbor Township company that conducts energy audits of homes and other structures to determine how and where the owners are wasting energy, and money. These diagnostic audits can be free to homeowners through a program funded by the state Board of Public Utilities.
The Atlantic City visit includes open tours of the tiny house, a Thursday morning session on “profiting from home performance in real estate” and two separate seminars, each for two hours, called a “home performance crash course for homeowners.” The Atlantic City stop on the tour finishes May 7 with a block party immediately after one of those free lessons for homeowners.
For more details, including a schedule of events and information on the seminars, see: buildingperformanceworkshop.com/proof-is-possible-tour. Historic Gardner’s Basin is at 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. in Atlantic City.
City officials are also using the tour’s stop in town to promote Atlantic City’s participation in a national energy-saving competition sponsored by Georgetown University. Fifty cities nationwide are competing for a $5 million prize in the contest, Rutala said.