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Energy Conservation Corps Completes 100th Home
1/30/2014 8:35:41 PM

The Sustainability Institute’s Energy Conservation Corps has reached another milestone—completing the program’s 100th energy and cost saving retrofit for a North Charleston homeowner.

Since its beginning in January 2010, The Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) has saved income qualified homeowners, often struggling with utility bills in excess of $300 monthly, over $70,000 annually across the Cities of Charleston and North Charleston—all while increasing the comfort and safety for these families in need.

Ms. Doris Washington, of North Charleston, applied to be an energy retrofit candidate after struggling with heating and cooling her home. Following an energy assessment, the Corps was able to reduce her home’s air-leakage by 60-percent, repair her improperly functioning HVAC system while reducing duct-leakage to 7-percent, and insulate the home to needed values—giving Ms. Washington, and her daughter, a tremendous boost toward a comfortable and energy-efficient home.

“I feel that this program (ECC) will help me out a whole lot financially. It (high utility bills) has been a burden. The workers have been great and I appreciate everything you have done,” said Ms. Washington.

As an award-winning and nationally recognized program of The Sustainability Institute (SI), through partnership with The Corps Network-Corporation for National and Community Service, the ECC has given valuable industry training and experience to over 50 local youth from at-risk populations, preparing these young people for industry employment and attaining life goals following graduation from the program. Graduates have secured employment with local energy efficiency installation and assessment companies—and many return to assist and mentor with the program, continuing on with their AmeriCorps commitment to community service and dedication.

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