Energize Our Neighborhoods Program

Dated: 03/30/2017

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March 30, 2017

Here at Thinking Boise, we’re always searching ways to support our city and our neighbors. That’s why we’re big fans of the City of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods program and the brand new Atlantic Idea House.

Atlantic Idea House City of Boise

Energize Our Neighborhoods

The Energize Our Neighborhoods program is an endeavor by the city to improve livability and to revitalize neighborhoods. Through a partnership with Boise State University, Albertsons, and Wells Fargo, the city first set its sights on the Vista neighborhood.

The program hopes to achieve three goals:

  1. Energize and enhance neighborhoods, while building the capacity to sustain the improvements.

  2. Align City, public and private resources to create meaningful impact.

  3. Demonstrate measurable positive change.

The Atlantic Idea House

The Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative has a home base now thanks to the City of Boise acquiring a house on the 2100 block of Atlantic Street in the Vista neighborhood.

The Atlantic Idea House is a charming blue bungalow that is an opportunity to display the benefits of sustainable and energy efficient features in homes. The initiative outfitted the home with all the latest features to be able to demonstrate the effect of being more energy conscious.

And now Boiseans can tour the home for the first time on Saturday, April 1st. The house will be open from 9am to 12pm at 2108 South Atlantic Street. Want to attend? RSVP to Melinda McGoldrick at 208-570-6834 or by email at [email protected]

Energy Efficient First

You’ll be able to see the numerous upgrades that have been installed in the Atlantic Idea House, including foam insulation, triple-pane windows, a ductless pump system, LED lights, and a solar tube. These fixtures may originally be considered too expensive, but these features are an investment that result in an energy efficient house.

If those features aren’t interesting to you, you may be more interested in the sustainable materials that the city used to remodel the home. You’ll find cork flooring, granite remnant countertops, tile and laminate made from recycled content, and a patio constructed from old concrete.

The water bill for this home is low thanks to low-flow fixtures and water saving methods, such as low-water plantings and a rain barrel.

An energy audit on the home was conducted by the city prior to the remodel, and one will be completed in April so that that the two reports can be compared.

Take a Tour

If you can’t make the open house on Saturday, April 1st, there will be numerous other opportunities for you to take a peek of the Atlantic Idea House and steal some ideas for your own home.

Tours will be from April through November in 2017
Every 3rd Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Every 3rd Thursday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Every 3rd Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
RSVP is required with Amy Parrish at [email protected] or 208-608-7139.

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Janet Jameyson

In her previous career as an organizing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Janet Jameyson took the stress out of her clients' lives. Her goal is to bring that same organized professionalism and high....

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