Friday, September 16, 2011

Weatherize DC Comes to Capitol Hill

A reader wrote in to let me know about a new local chapter of Weatherize DC. The thrust of WeatherizeDC's work is to help people weatherize their homes in order to save on energy bills and reduce fossil fuel consumption. Weatherize DC also focuses on creating green jobs for DC residents by hiring contractors from training programs to do the actual weatherization work. They offer services like home energy audits (perhaps a good idea as we head into fall), and are actively seeking new members who are passionate about these issues. There's a little statement they put together (contact info at the end)after the jump.

Interested in energy efficiency, saving money on your utility bill, or creating jobs?

WeatherizeDC is a community-led effort to grow interest in energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs for disadvantaged D.C. residents. By mobilizing D.C. communities, we build consumer interest in weatherization and link community members to local businesses that have pledged to hire residents with barriers to employment or individuals from neighborhoods with high poverty rates.

Weatherization is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve comfort, health and safety, and resale value of a home. WeatherizeDC helps homeowners save money on the weatherization process itself.

WeatherizeDC volunteers educate community members about the benefits of energy efficient homes and encourage them to invest in home energy improvement. Through peer guidance and support, we are able to grow our involvement in the neighborhoods of D.C.

In just 2.5 years, the program has created 44 full-time jobs, and more than 200 community members have signed up to weatherize. D.C. residents have found common purpose in leveraging economic growth opportunities from the clean energy economy to chip away at local joblessness and energy waste.

If you are interested in learning more about WeatherizeDC’s program or volunteering, please contact Meghan Blickman, community organizing fellow at meghan.blickman[at] You can also view our website.


Anonymous said...

No such thing as green jobs. They are just using HVAC technicians and insulation sub-contractors and calling them green. If an electrician installs solar his job has magically become "green" but you are not creating a new job.

Anonymous said...

they have to do a $350 "assessment" before they do any work.

Anonymous said...

if I'm reading this correctly they are hiring people out of training programs....which means they are creating jobs. Someone previously unemployed is now employed.

Anonymous said...

Contractors do energy assessments to determine what work must be done on the home to make it efficient. The assessments take about 4 hours and look at both the home's energy usage and air quality inside the home. The homeowners pay the contractors for the assessment, also known as an energy audit.