WGL Volunteers Helped Hundreds Beat Winter’s Icy Chill

Annual Day of Weatherization Delivered Energy Efficiency and Solar

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WGL’s annual “Day of Weatherization” volunteer event brought the warmth
and light of affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to
hundreds of local residents who might otherwise have difficulty staying
warm this winter or keeping the lights on.

Throughout the day on Saturday, November 5, 215 volunteers
of WGL employees, friends and families came together to do everything
from weatherizing homes to installing solar panels. By the time the
teams were finished, 105 homes across Washington, DC, Maryland,
Virginia, and West Virginia, will have had their heating and electrical
bills reduced.

The volunteers were busy:

  • Replacing or installing caulking on windows and doors
  • Installing plastic on windows
  • Providing weather stripping
  • Installing faucet aerators that reduce the amount of hot water
    used, thereby saving money
  • Replacing furnace filters

In addition to providing these efficiency benefits, WGL partnered with
solar provider GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that brings
the benefits of solar technology to people who would not otherwise have

Together, WGL and GRID installed solar panels on an affordable housing
apartment building in Southeast Washington, D.C., which is home to more
than 185 residents in 94 units. The electricity generated by the solar
array will power all common areas, and allow for investment of those
savings in refurbishing tenant apartments for better energy efficiency
and lower heating costs. Tenant units will also be upgraded with new
windows, new heating and cooling units, new energy efficient kitchen
appliances and hot water heaters.

“At WGL, we are committed to providing affordable, reliable and
sustainable energy to all communities,” said Terry McCallister, Chairman
and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc and Washington Gas. “This volunteer day
brings that commitment to life and it is gratifying to be able to
provide energy answers to help those most in need in the national
capital region.”

Area officials joining WGL and GRID Alternatives for the Day of
Weatherization included Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department
of Energy and Environment and Trayon White, Ward 8 Democratic Nominee,
champions of building a sustainable and smart metro area.

“The Mid-Atlantic office is excited once again to be working with WGL
and the Day of Weatherization. As part of this year’s partnership, GRID
is expanding our services to tenants and managers of multifamily
buildings in DC,” said Nicole Steele, Executive Director of GRID
Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. “This is an important phase of our
expansion encouraging renters and building owners to realize the
benefits of solar. We are excited to be partnering with employees of WGL
to kick-off this new initiative.”

Continuing a tradition that began in 2005 with Washington Gas leading
the weatherization of area homes, this year’s community energy
efficiency efforts included volunteers from all WGL entities: Washington
Gas, WGL Energy, Hampshire Gas and WGL Midstream.

To learn more about energy efficiency and the steps you can take to
prepare for the colder months, click here.

About WGL

WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source
for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and
assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL
Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas,
electricity, green power and energy services, including generation,
storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our
calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our
employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a
homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state
and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask
Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.

About GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that
makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to
low-income communities. We bring together community partners, volunteers
and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for
low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on
experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all.
More than 7,500 families have benefited from our work to-date, saving
$212 million in lifetime electricity costs, and over 28,000 people have
received solar training. www.gridalternatives.org/midatlantic


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