As the summer goes into full swing, D.C. residents will begin to see hotter and longer days with record temperatures and humidity levels.
While many of us can seek refuge in the comfort of our well air-conditioned homes, there are thousands of District residents who are left with no choice but to endure the intense summer weather for which D.C. is well-known.
All around D.C. there are senior citizens, disabled persons and families on fixed incomes who live in homes with inadequate heating and cooling systems. This poses problems for the health and wellness of these residents, as well as their overall quality of life.
Groundswell has partnered with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) to address this problem head on.
This program offers up to $12,000 to D.C. homeowners who are income-qualified for weatherization work on their home.
This is the first program of its kind to hit the District and its received a great initial response from D.C. homeowners.Weatherization has long been viewed as a luxury that low-income families could not afford even though they would benefit greatly from the energy savings the projects would yield.
Recently, I had the pleasure of introducing this program to the Anacostia community located in Southeast D.C. On June 26, I held an energy meeting at the Anacostia Library on 1800 Good Hope Road Southeast.
The outcome of the meeting was epic.
Residents were ecstatic about the opportunity to save money on their utility bills and make their homes more comfortable. Several Ward 8 homeowners began the loan application process.
Morale among homeowners is at an all time high in the Ward. I've seen an influx of calls from other D.C. homeowners who have been informed about the program through very enthusiastic word of mouth.
Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on our progress.