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Friday, January 27, 2012

Community Weatherization Project in Edgewood

Please see the information below about the project starting in Edgewood for weatherizing your home.  I am one of the homeowners that has signed up so far and I wanted to make sure that more of my neighbors knew about this opportunity.  I was drawn to the project because it creates new green jobs for DC residents with training and room for advancement while using local, small businesses.  The need to weatherize my old rowhouse and be able to save money while helping create jobs in DC seemed like an ideal opportunity.

Community Weatherization Project in Edgewood

WeatherizeDC guides community members in coordinating their home energy upgrades. Pooling residents’ purchasing power helps lock in a discounted rate for efficiency services, generates savings for each household budget and lowers families’ energy use. And participants use their strengthened economic power to reinvest in their local communities.

The initiative makes investing in home energy efficiency simple and affordable. By engaging as a group, residents lower the cost of investing in efficiency upgrades. In Silver Spring, Maryland, families who coordinated their home energy improvements saved on average 15 percent. Local and Federal tax incentives provided additional savings.

By vetting local small businesses, WeatherizeDC ensures residents hire contractors that deliver top- quality service. We only work with Building and Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractors. Every project is designed to create a unique community benefit. Residents give input into the social impacts they would like their group purchase to create.

Now one of these projects is taking place in our community.  A group of six homeowners has already committed to moving forward with the project, and will begin work at the end of February – join now and help us secure greater discounts by increasing the number of participants.

The Process

  • Partners with neighborhood associations and other community networks to create simple ways for members to participate.
  • Organizes individuals into bundled requests across neighborhoods.
  • Supports representatives of the purchasing group with the selection of a local business to perform the work based on pricing, quality and their social impact.
Interested in starting a community efficiency project on your street?
To learn more, contact Organizer Ayla Schlosser at or 202.630.9381.

1 comment:

  1. I completed an energy audit last year, but there are still some actions I need to take and would love to join forces with other neighbors.