Many Virginians will be at risk this winter due to high energy prices. People living on fixed incomes and older persons living alone are the most vulnerable. While there is no quick fix for rising energy prices, Virginians can take action today to help vulnerable friends and neighbors reduce their energy costs. Every dollar saved can make the difference between buying food and medicine or staying warm.
There are many low or no cost modifications a person can make to their home that can result in significant savings during the heating season. Operation Energy SaveSM has put together an Energy Saving Checklist of no cost or low cost home modifications that have proven to reduce energy costs. For many older or disabled persons, however, simply providing a checklist will not be enough. It will require the help of another trusted person to get the job done.
Operation Energy Save is a call to action to mobilize thousands of self-directed volunteers across Virginia who can give a few hours of their time to help a friend or neighbor make simple changes to their home that will result in meaningful savings to their energy bills this winter.
Here's how it works. You start by identifying 2 or 3 friends or neighbors who might not be able to complete the checklist on their own. Then you schedule a time to do a quick walk through and help make some of the adjustments that are listed on the checklist. It's that simple. We've also created Easy Tips for Everyday Living to give to the resident with ideas on how to continue saving energy throughout the winter season.
How You Can Help
The Energy Savings Lend-a-Hand Checklist and Easy Tips for Everyday Living can be accessed and printed right from your computer.
Several organizations have endorsed Operation Energy Save and will be promoting the call to action to their members. You can find them listed here. You can also help by bringing Operation Energy Save to the attention of your local service club, neighbor association or faith community. This project can be adapted by local groups to fit into service projects they sponsor.
If you'd like to do even more, consider volunteering for a local organization that is recruiting volunteers for other low-income energy projects. Find a list of organizations along with their contact information.
By working together helping one person at a time, Virginians can save millions of dollars in energy costs for household budgets where every dollar counts.
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