Cayce, S.C. (Oct. 21, 2013) – As part of National Energy Awareness Month, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G) and its employees have kicked-off a week-long “Home Weatherization Blitz” during which three South Carolina homes will be weatherized to help make them more energy efficient and comfortable places to live.
Working with the South Carolina Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and the Aiken/Barnwell County Community Action Agency, SCE&G volunteers will create a safer and more energy-efficient living space for these three residents.
The homes were selected based on criteria established by the South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program in coordination with local community action agencies. SCE&G donates weatherization funds to the South Carolina Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity to disburse through local community action agencies, and those funds are then used to hire contractors and purchase supplies.
Since the program began in 1976, more than 60,000 homes have been weatherized. During this year’s blitz, nearly 60 employees from SCE&G will be caulking, weather-stripping, insulating and replacing windows and doors on these homes to make them weather tight.
“We are proud to increase our home weatherization efforts this year and help more of our customers by making much-needed energy efficiency improvements to their homes so that they can be comfortable year-round,” said Don Faircloth, customer assistance program manager. “At SCE&G, we are dedicated to helping our customers become energy wise, which translates to both energy and cost savings.”
This year, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is also involved with the weatherization efforts as his office helped to identify a senior citizen, David Fogg, living in the Columbia area whose home greatly needs weatherizing. Thanks to the collective effort, Mr. Fogg will receive a much needed new water heater, central heating and air, new windows and other energy-efficiency improvements.
“So many individuals in our state - especially our seniors - are living in homes that are in desperate need of weatherizing so that they can live more comfortably, remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, and keep energy usage low,” said McConnell. “This project reflects the goals of the Office on Aging, and I applaud the efforts of SCE&G and their public-private partnership for taking action, improving quality of life, and creating a safety net that these South Carolinians deserve.”
Home weatherization projects planned during the blitz include:
Tuesday, Oct. 22- Columbia
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
5101 Burke Ave. (David Fogg’s home)
Columbia, SC 29203
NOTE: Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell will be on site and available for media interviews between 2-3p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23- Aiken
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
616 Marlboro St. NE
Aiken, SC 29801
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
619 Oriole St.
Aiken, SC 29803
For more information about SCE&G’s home weatherization projects please visit: www.sceg.com/en/residential-services/customer-service-center/assistance-programs/weatherization/.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 675,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 325,000 customers in 38 counties in the state. Information about SCE&G is available on the company’s web site at www.sceg.com.