WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WGL’s annual “Day of Weatherization” volunteer event brought the warmth and light of affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to hundreds of local residents who might otherwise have difficulty staying warm this winter or keeping the lights on.
Throughout the day on Saturday, November 5, 215 volunteers of WGL employees, friends and families came together to do everything from weatherizing homes to installing solar panels. By the time the teams were finished, 105 homes across Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, will have had their heating and electrical bills reduced.
The volunteers were busy:
- Replacing or installing caulking on windows and doors
- Installing plastic on windows
- Providing weather stripping
- Installing faucet aerators that reduce the amount of hot water used, thereby saving money
- Replacing furnace filters
In addition to providing these efficiency benefits, WGL partnered with solar provider GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to people who would not otherwise have access.
Together, WGL and GRID installed solar panels on an affordable housing apartment building in Southeast Washington, D.C., which is home to more than 185 residents in 94 units. The electricity generated by the solar array will power all common areas, and allow for investment of those savings in refurbishing tenant apartments for better energy efficiency and lower heating costs. Tenant units will also be upgraded with new windows, new heating and cooling units, new energy efficient kitchen appliances and hot water heaters.
“At WGL, we are committed to providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to all communities,” said Terry McCallister, Chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc and Washington Gas. “This volunteer day brings that commitment to life and it is gratifying to be able to provide energy answers to help those most in need in the national capital region.”
Area officials joining WGL and GRID Alternatives for the Day of Weatherization included Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department of Energy and Environment and Trayon White, Ward 8 Democratic Nominee, champions of building a sustainable and smart metro area.
“The Mid-Atlantic office is excited once again to be working with WGL and the Day of Weatherization. As part of this year's partnership, GRID is expanding our services to tenants and managers of multifamily buildings in DC,” said Nicole Steele, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. “This is an important phase of our expansion encouraging renters and building owners to realize the benefits of solar. We are excited to be partnering with employees of WGL to kick-off this new initiative."
Continuing a tradition that began in 2005 with Washington Gas leading the weatherization of area homes, this year’s community energy efficiency efforts included volunteers from all WGL entities: Washington Gas, WGL Energy, Hampshire Gas and WGL Midstream.
To learn more about energy efficiency and the steps you can take to prepare for the colder months, click here.
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.
About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to low-income communities. We bring together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all. More than 7,500 families have benefited from our work to-date, saving $212 million in lifetime electricity costs, and over 28,000 people have received solar training. www.gridalternatives.org/midatlantic