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Stronger Homes, Strong Community

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A presentation by Brett Wiley with Groundswell to CarbonfreeDC members in October, 2012.

A presentation by Brett Wiley with Groundswell to CarbonfreeDC members in October, 2012.


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  • 1. Strong Homes,Stronger Community Brett Wiley Lead Organizer Strong Homes Program www.groundswell.org
  • 2. Why Weatherize?
  • 3. Energy Efficiency Upgrades Increase home comfort & health Cut energy waste by 15 to 30 percent Save money on your utility bills
  • 4. Comfort"We had big problems with our addition in the back. Thatarea had never been properly insulated, and was a big coldhole in the back of the house that sucked all of the heat. Ourboys room, which was directly over it, was very cold in thewinter.”“We’d slip our shoes off and our feet would immediately hurtbecause the floor was so cold. Not anymore.“ Sarah Chandler, Fort Totten
  • 5. Cut Energy Waste 15 to 30 percent reduction in home’s energy consumption
  • 6. Typical D.C. House Annual Energy Consumption ELECTRIC GAS 1600 350 1400 300 1200 250 1000 200 ThermskWh 800 150 600 100 400 50 200 0 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • 7. Stop $$ from Flowing Out “Churches must reflect to the people who give to us that were responsible stewards of their donations. Allowing donated money to pour out through gaps in windows and walls is not good stewardship. Weatherization stopped the money from flowing out.” The Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
  • 8. Home Efficiency 101• Protect building’s interior from the elements: sunlight, precipitation and wind• Modify building to reduce energy consumption, optimize efficiency• Invest in energy upgrades creates value
  • 9. Home Efficiency 101
  • 10. Home Efficiency 101Building Envelope Stack Effect
  • 11. Weatherization Pathway Whole Home Energy Audit Audit Report (or Review) Recommendations & Estimates Energy Efficiency Upgrades Savings & Job Creation!
  • 12. CommunityPowerProject Strong Homes Program
  • 13. • $6+ million invested in clean energy economy• 500+ residents improved home through energy efficiency• 109 Institutions and 600 residents collectively purchased clean electricity
  • 14. How does it work?
  • 15. Contractor Screening• Qualifying Program• BPI certifications & experience• Services• References• Business Practices • Family- supporting wage
  • 16. Competitive Pricing
  • 17. Excellent Service Delivery “I told a friend: ‘I can tell you about the audit, but what you really want to know about is Groundswell. They provide good outreach, service and follow-up. It’s a hidden gem.’” --Margaret Morehouse, Takoma Park, Maryland
  • 18. Want a Strong Home? Brett Wiley Lead Organizer Strong Home Program brett.wiley@groundswell.org T: 202.630.5586www.groundswell.org & @grndswell
  • 19. http://www.groundswell.org/programs/community-power/about/membership-partners