The Fenner Home

Santa came a little early in 2014 for young Kolleen Fenner and her family, thanks to donors to the Finger Lakes Climate Fund.

The Fenners’ 1920 bungalow home in Newfield suffered from lots of air leaks coming in from the crawlspace and garage door, making their 45-year old furnace labor to keep them warm. Tompkins Community Action let Daniel Fenner know about the financial assistance they could get through NYSERDA’s programs, but the critical difference came with the Climate Fund grant of $2,247. Watch Daniel and Kolleen Fenner tell their story.

Their new high-efficiency propane furnace combined with steps to tighten up the house by sealing rim joists, insulating walls, wrapping pipes, and replacing the garage door will keep 112 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere. Donations from the Sustainable Newfield Fund and other community members provided funds for the Fenner award.