March/April 2016 Contributors

February 01, 2016
March/April 2016
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2016 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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Peggy Hofstra

Colorado Nonprofit Energizing Limited-Income Families and Seniors

Peggy Hofstra’s article shows that when community organizations, contractors, and vendors collaborate, exciting work can be done to increase the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of affordable housing. She works at Energy Outreach Colorado, which was featured in Worth magazine as one of the ten most fiscally responsible nonprofits in the nation.

Peggy Hofstra

What you didn’t know about her: “I interviewed former Pittsburgh Steelers great Lynn Swann in 1982 about the NFL players strike.”





Deborah Lastowka

Deborah Lastowka

States Leverage Online Tool to Ensure High-Quality Weatherization Work

Deborah Lastowka writes about the Standard Work Specifications Online Tool, which allows users to generate energy audits, scopes of work, and much more. While she’s proud of the work she’s doing now, Lastowka's most memorable experience was “helping to launch the Colorado Channel, a television channel that provides direct, unfiltered, and noncommercial access to the work of Colorado state government.”

What you didn’t know about her: “I am kind of obsessed with animals wearing clothes.”


Paul Raymer

Paul Raymer

The Ideal Quality Control Inspector

If we learn just one thing from Paul Raymer’s article about the QCI certification exam, it’s that the clear answer to the question is “Write it down. Document it.” What question is that the answer to, you ask? “Any question!” Raymer says. “In order to provide a clear trail of evidence, you need documentation, and documentation is not something that hands-on people like to do.”

What you didn’t know about him: “I really enjoy writing novels. I have completed four of them and published one of them, Recalculating Truth.


Carol Venolia

Carol Venolia

Trailer Treasure—Affordable: Housing, Green Living, Community, and Income in an Unlikely Place

Carol Venolia shows readers that negative images of "trailer trash" and mobile home parks as places for drug dealers and lowlifes are usually inaccurate. “This thinking causes most people to overlook the value of mobile homes as affordable housing,” she says. “But it shouldn’t.”

What you didn’t know about her: I've taken up silk painting in my spare time. I love the vibrant colors and the humility induced by how hard it is to control the flow of the dyes.”

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