“DCHA is pleased that the DCSEU, in partnership with Washington Gas, is providing $1.12 million in incentives in support of the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its properties, as well as the health and safety of residents living in these properties,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett.
In fiscal 2020, DCHA saved $500,000 thanks to new LED lighting and reduced its gas consumption by 15% due to high efficiency boilers that are cleaner and can be monitored remotely to have real-time visibility and performance. Solar installed at nine properties will generate more than $7.5 million in new revenue for the agency that can be used to fund maintenance throughout the portfolio.
Since 2012, DCHA has consulted with the DCSEU on more than 50 projects that will generate more than $13 million in lifetime energy cost savings and prevent more than 145 million pounds of lifetime CO2 emissions.
“As one of the largest owners and managers of affordable multifamily housing in the District, DCHA is setting a great example and demonstrating the positive impact of making energy-efficient upgrades in their properties,” said Ted Trabue, director of the DCSEU. “We look forward to continuing to work with them to improve the energy efficiency, health, and safety of buildings for their residents.”
“Washington Gas is proud to partner with the DCSEU and fund initiatives that promote the use of effective energy efficiency solutions,” said John O’Brien, executive vice president of Strategy and Public Affairs, Washington Gas. “We are excited to support the DCHA’s plan to install energy efficient boilers in three of its properties that will go a long way to drive the benefits of reduced energy spend and lower energy use in the District, as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions to protect the environment. We are committed to continuing our support of energy efficiency activity through investments and ongoing programs that contribute to the District’s clean energy future.”
Since 2017, DCHA has spearheaded a comprehensive review of all of the units and properties in our inventory. This resulted in the Transformation Plan, which proposes significant upgrades to DCHA properties over the course of the next five to 10 years to make its communities healthier, safer, and more sustainable for District residents now and into the future.