“Not only are we saving energy for the family we are installing solar panels for, but there is a sense of comradery.” - Katrina Metzler, Executive Director of the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition and first time GRID Volunteer with WGL.
WGL’s Day of Weatherization is an annual initiative where regional employees volunteer in the community to help weatherize homes for residents who may have difficulty staying warm or paying for electricity bills during the winter. This year, more than 215 employees, friends, and family members of WGL dedicated their Saturday helping those in need across Maryland, Virginia, the District Columbia, and West Virginia. Twelve of these volunteers were found alongside our GRID staff wearing hard hats, harnesses, and gloves to safely set up the foundation for solar panels to be installed on two households in Northwest DC.
Kevin Anderson, Director of Electricity Supply and Trading at WGL, shares, “This is my third time volunteering with GRID. I enjoy doing this work [...] I like to be hands-on and give the opportunity to put solar on someone’s roof and help the District of Columbia community at large.”
Two homeowners benefiting from WGL’s Annual Day of Weatherization are within a six minute drive from each other. Homeowner Geraldine, who has lived in her house for over 30 years, received a 3.9 kW system that will save her $720 annually. Similarly, the other homeowner, Jean, will save an average of $710 annually with her new 4.1 kW system. That’s money that can be put into savings or go towards groceries, medical care, and other family needs.