William Drew looks on as WGL and Washington Gas President and CEO prepares his windows for weatherization. Also included are WGL and Washington Gas’ Chief Communications Officer Brian Edwards and longtime company Weatherization pioneer Bobby Bethea.

On Saturday, November 3, WGL held its sixth annual Day of Weatherization, a community initiative featuring over 200 employee volunteers bringing joy to low-income and elderly residents throughout the region. Volunteers delivered energy-efficiency measures to reduce heating bills and add warmth to homes as the winter season approaches.

“At WGL, giving back to the communities we serve is a core value and we’re excited to help neighbors, friends and families across the region with resources to prepare their homes and lower their energy bills as we brace for colder temperatures and wintry conditions,” said Adrian Chapman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WGL and Washington Gas. “We have been proud to call the D.C.-area home for 170 years and applaud the ongoing commitment of our employees who come together as a team to improve the lives of local residents.”

Throughout the day, volunteers were able to weatherize about 100 homes across Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Studies show that low-income homes save an average of $275 annually as a result of weatherization services. Volunteers also installed rooftop solar panels for two homes in Northwest D.C.

Several homeowners expressed their gratitude for the work being done and excitement about the benefits. An 85 year-old Capitol Heights, Maryland, resident who had never had his 80-year old home weatherized was thrilled.

“When you come in and seal my windows, it will be a very good benefit for me when I pay my gas bill. I appreciate it with a capital A,” said William Drew. A Washington Gas customer for 50-years, he still uses his vintage natural gas stove for baking sweet potato pies.

Another Capitol Heights homeowner was also appreciative and commented, “I am looking forward to saving energy, to saving on gas because I know it is going to be a cold, cold winter. Having a warm home and most of all saving on that energy bill as it can be quite high and I thank you all for coming in and doing all that you do for my home.”

By taking the following simple steps of cost friendly upgrades, the typical low-income home can save an average of 25% on energy consumption after weatherization:

replacing or installing caulking on windows and doors;
installing plastic film on windows;
replacing furnace filters;
installing faucet aerators that reduce the amount of hot water used; and
providing weather stripping.

This annual WGL event continues a longtime corporate custom, which began in 2005 when Washington Gas, the company’s regulated natural gas utility, led the weatherization of homes in the area. For the past six years, the effort has also included WGL Energy, Hampshire Gas and WGL Midstream, so that all WGL entities combined actively participate to provide energy efficiency services across its service territories to support those in need.

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