Patrice's and Glenn's neighbor, Neil, moved into his townhome four years ago. Though Neil had considered investing in efficiency upgrades, it was not until he learned of the community efficiency project happening on his block that he took the first step. He heard about Groundswell in an email Patrice sent to residents of the 13-unit townhome complex asking if her neighbors were interested in coordinating their weatherizations to receive a group discount.
Our neighborhood has a strong sense of community. Everyone knows and likes each other and shares a lot of information about a lot of different things.
After seeing four neighbors sign up for the community efficiency project, Neil decided to participate, becoming the fifth person to join the group.
First, this seemed the most cost effective way since the audit would be done at a discounted rate. Second, it seemed that there would be further cost savings because the process called for putting out bids and the price would be cheaper than if we did it individually. Third, it’s a pain in the neck to go around trying to find contractors. Lastly, there was the social justice aspect which gives an opportunity to disadvantaged D.C. residents to participate in this project-- that was a worthwhile endeavor in and of itself.