For families struggling with basic necessities, energy bills can make or break the monthly budget, especially during heat waves or cold chills. What can low-income homeowners do? Rebuilding Together Sacramento’s home energy conservation program may solve their problems.
Offered as a free service, volunteers install simple energy conservation measures (weatherstripping, caulking, etc.) that can save up to 20 percent on utility bills.
Thanks to a partnership with Davis Sunrise Rotary, the program is being expanded this fall to Davis.
“With monthly bills averaging $150 for most clients, this can mean a savings of $180 to $360 per year,” said program manager Katy Zane. “And, not only are we helping struggling families, we’re also reducing greenhouse gases — it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Now entering its third year, this program, implemented in partnership with three other organizations, received Breathe California’s 2013 Clean Air Award for sustainability, and has helped close to 300 homeowners lower their electric bills.
Funded by the Sacramento Association of Realtors, the home energy conservation program has been restricted mostly to Sacramento homeowners. Recently, however, Davis Sunrise Rotary approached Rebuilding Together about partnering to help Davis residents.
To sign up for the free service, contact Zane at 916-455-1880, ext. 7, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must own their homes and qualify as being low-income under federal Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.