HomeWise

The Fairfax County HomeWise program educates, empowers, and enables residents to make changes that reduce energy use, water use, and associated costs in their homes. Volunteers assist low- and moderate-income residents with physical improvements to their homes and provide support for behavior changes that are proven to conserve resources and money. Educational ambassadors connect with Fairfax County students and residents to raise awareness of personal actions that can save energy, water, and money.

If you have questions about the program, please email homewise@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join HomeWise volunteers for events throughout the county to learn more about home energy and water savings, and ways to reduce your utility costs.

At this time, there are no HomeWise events scheduled. Please check back as event information will be added here as events are planned.

VOLUNTEER WITH HOMEWISE

The HomeWise program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. There is something for everyone, regardless of skill level or past experience.

All HomeWise volunteers are provided with training on environmental, technical and social aspects of water and energy efficiency projects. This training is completed virtually and can be done on your own time. Volunteers are also offered enrichment opportunities to facilitate connections and to expand the knowledge base of all volunteers. 

The application period for the upcoming class of HomeWise volunteers will open on November 10, 2021. The deadline for applications will be December 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

ABOUT HOMEWISE VOLUNTEERS
 

HomeWise volunteers are individuals interested in learning basic hands-on skills for weatherization and home improvement projects or those who already have substantial experience with these projects. Volunteers may hold professional licenses, but it is not a requirement for participation.

This opportunity is appropriate for anyone with an interest in energy and water savings in a residential setting and requires little to no experience or prior knowledge of the subject matter. However, some sincere interest in the subject matter is expected. Volunteers should also be comfortable speaking in small and large groups and interacting with members of the public.

Volunteers will be asked to host activities (either virtual or in person) with county residents of all ages. Potential volunteer activities might include community outreach events, workshops for residents and building managers, large or small-group demonstrations, or one-on-one virtual meetings. Projects will vary in type and length, ranging from a one or two hour virtual or in-person workshop to staffing a booth or table for a half-day or full-day at a community event. On average, volunteers can expect to be engaged in a community project or workday once per month following completion of their training.

HomeWise volunteers will be asked to commit to the program for an entire year (until December 31st, 2022). Upon conclusion of the weekly virtual training series, volunteers will be required to complete an in-person or virtual hands-on training with staff members.

HOMEWISE ADVISORY COUNCILS

The HomeWise program is managed by the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) with input from an internal advisory council consisting of representatives from various county departments and agencies, and an external advisory council composed of representatives from relevant community organizations. The following list reflects council membership as of October 1, 2021.

INTERNAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
 

Department of Family Services

Department of Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County Public Library

Get2Green (Fairfax County Public Schools)

Neighborhood and Community Services

Office of Strategy Management

Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

OneFairfax

EXTERNAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
 

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia

Homestretch

Local Energy Alliance Program*

Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance

*LEAP also provides dedicated technical guidance and support to the HomeWise program.

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