Archive for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Lawrence family conducts session on ‘Today’ show

Couple, handyman tackle topic of increasing energy efficiency in homes

December 26, 2007

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Elizabeth and Johnny Kim, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Bridget, will be featured on NBC&squot;s "Today" show this morning. The Kims have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs, an insulator for their water heater and a programmable thermostat to make their home more energy efficient.

Elizabeth and Johnny Kim, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Bridget, will be featured on NBC's "Today" show this morning. The Kims have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs, an insulator for their water heater and a programmable thermostat to make their home more energy efficient.

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"Today" airs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunflower Broadband channels 8 and 14. The Lawrence segment is expected to run in the first hour.

A Lawrence couple are at the center of this morning's NBC "Today" feature about low-cost methods of improving a home's energy efficiency.

Johnny and Elizabeth Kim talk about their interest in saving money and conserving energy with NBC News environmental correspondent Simran Sethi, who is based in Lawrence. Also appearing will be Dave Baldwin, a Lawrence carpenter and handyman.

"We were excited to do this for the show," Johnny Kim said. "They wanted to pick a family and sort of walk through and showcase what was done."

The Kims, with Baldwin's help, put in weather stripping, fixed an insulated blanket over the water heater and changed a shower head. They also installed a programmable thermostat that will automatically lower the house temperature while the Kims are gone and start raising it just before they return. It also can be programmed to drop the temperature at night as they sleep.

"These are all simple fixes that any homeowner can do," Johnny Kim said. "They are not real expensive, and they are not major renovations."

Most of the improvements can be done without the need for a handyman, Baldwin said.

"They said they needed a pretty face and a tool belt," Baldwin said with a chuckle. "Well, I had the tool belt."

Sethi said she pitched the story idea to NBC because home heating costs and energy efficiency are especially important this time of year.

"I thought it had a really strong consumer interest because it's something that is universal," she said. "A lot of areas have received winter a little early this year."

Sethi and a camera crew filmed the segment early last week in the wake of the ice storm that struck much of Kansas.

"It will be interesting," Johnny Kim said. "It will be our first time being on national television."

The Kims, who have a 2-year-old daughter, moved from Texas to their two-story house with a basement more than a year ago. They said they have always had an interest in improving the environment and in energy efficiency.

"The Kims have a sincere interest in this from a number of different angles," Sethi said. "It's about looking at the world differently and leaving a different kind of legacy."

Sethi is in New York and will appear in person with "Today's" Ann Curry to discuss the segment.

Comments

Kat Christian 7 years, 6 months ago

Well it just gets me that my neighbor has their Christmas display lights on all day and all night from the beginning of the holiday season until they take it down after New Year's. That's a little excessive - don't ya think? I don't know why they just didn't put them on a timer?

Jerry Stubbs 7 years, 6 months ago

When I read about people saving energy with CLF bulbs and programmable thermostats they often don't mention line drying your clothes. Simply drying clothes outdoors or on a rack (indoors) can save a lot of energy.

lawrencian 7 years, 6 months ago

You know, I tried using my finger to turn the thermostat up and down, and discovered that it was my MEMORY that was important, and since I would forget to change the temp as I was going out the door, the programmable thermostat is SO much easier! It was not too hard to convince my landlord that it would save him money in the long run to install it, since the utilities are combined into my rent.

George_Braziller 7 years, 6 months ago

My neighbors have exterior Chrismas lights that are on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and they have been that way for nearly five years!

"Well it just gets me that my neighbor has their Christmas display lights on all day and all night from the beginning of the holiday season until they take it down after New Year's. That's a little excessive - don't ya think? I don't know why they just didn't put them on a timer?"

Linda Aikins 7 years, 6 months ago

I was afraid that with the death of the Pakistani woman, their segment would be bumped. Does anyone know if they did indeed have them on?

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