Volunteers Needed to Help Lower Income Residents Reduce Utility Bills Through Energy and Water Conservation

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HomeWise is a new program aimed at helping residents reduce their energy and water use while also reducing their monthly utility costs. The program brings qualified volunteers together with low and moderate income county residents to make physical improvements to their homes, and teach methods that will conserve energy and water.

The call for volunteers is open through Nov. 1.

“The HomeWise program addresses a critical need in Fairfax County, to help financially struggling residents conserve both energy and water at home, thereby reducing their monthly utility costs,” said Jeff McKay, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “This program empowers individual residents to live more efficiently and comfortably, while also supporting our community-wide effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This is a smart, worthwhile initiative and I encourage county residents to get involved.”

The Fairfax County HomeWise program addresses several of these issues with hands-on demonstrations and workshops for affordable housing building owners, managers and residents as well as physical improvements to individual housing units and educational programs for all ages.

Key factors contributing to a high energy bills include:

  • Poor insulation
  • Inefficient HVAC systems
  • Lack of knowledge about energy conservation measures
  • Lack of access to information about energy efficiency
  • Lack of programs and policies to support weatherization of low and moderate income housing.

The new program begins at the outset of Energy Action Month in October, a nationally recognized month of awareness and action around energy efficiency and conservation. The Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation officially recognizing Oct. 7, 2020 as Energy Efficiency Day and calling on county residents to take steps to save energy at home.

For more information, please visit the HomeWise web page.

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