Climate Action Hub: Buildings
Action Item: Support The Sustainability Institute in their weatherization and efficiency work
Sustainability Institute's Weatherization program and energy upgrade service assist low-income households who are struggling with high energy costs. Retrofitting homes can increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption for residents. Individuals can take action by applying for an audit or supporting the institute's drive for equitability!
Action Item: Support Palmetto Community Action Partnership and their weatherization initiative
Palmetto CAP offers free weatherization that makes houses more energy-efficient, saving on utility costs and increasing the value of the home while improving the safety of occupants. Weatherized homes are more comfortable and can reduce energy costs by as much as 50%. You can take action by advocating, volunteering, and donating.
Action Item: Contact your Charleston councilmember to support weatherization
Advocate for $67,650 to be allotted to pilot weatherization and home repair for Charleston homes. Low-income households, especially those in Charleston, suffer from huge energy bills, bad temperature control, and vulnerability to extreme weather. With these funds, a 10 home pilot project would be covered, and it could look to the new County critical home repair and weatherization program for example. While it hasn’t been officially requested, the need to push for this is high enough anyway.
Personal Action: Get Energy Audit from Dominion Energy.
Dominion's Home Energy Check-Up can help you discover how to impove the energy efficiency of your home. It is available to both renters and homeowners, with a variety of options available for the check up, from in-home consultation, video chat or telephone call.