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DC Spends $2.5 Million to Weatherize Low-Income Housing Community

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A two-year weatherization and solar installation project at Garfield Terrace, a 277-unit complex that houses low–income families, disabled individuals, and seniors, has been completed, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) announced.

Garfield Terrace is a D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA) property located in northwest DC. It comprises nine townhomes, 43 walk-up apartment units, and 225 units. The property has implemented such energy efficiency measures like LED lighting, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, showerheads, insulation, air sealing, thermostats, mechanical ventilation systems and timers, a new roof, and solar PV panels.

“Weatherization practices increase the energy efficiency of dwellings, reduce the total residential energy expenditures, and improve the health and safety of the occupants in the home,” a DOEE press release said.

DOEE Director Tommy Wells said that the effort saves money and pushes D.C. closer toward Mayor Bowser’s “aggressive” climate and energy goals.

“Equally important, these projects help create healthier homes, by decreasing energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Wells.

As part of the capital improvement program, DCHA is also planning to add new water and energy efficient upgrades at Garfield Terrace, including hot water system control retrofits, boiler burner controls, domestic hot water pumps, chiller retrofits, chiller controls, corridor ventilation replacements, and more.

“While DCHA has been adding solar arrays, energy efficiencies, and other sustainable measures to its portfolio, Garfield Terrace is the agency’s first full solar installation for electricity generation at a traditional public housing property. These panels will reduce our existing energy consumption by approximately 10 percent at the site. That means lower utility costs and reinvesting that savings into other fixes throughout the portfolio to better serve our customers,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “We are excited to have this opportunity thanks to DOEE and our federal and community partners.”

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