Home Energy Savings Program

HES Collage

Hand On Nashville's Home Energy Savings (HES) Program engages volunteers in improving the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of North and South Nashville homes owned and occupied by very-low-income homeowners. 

Thank you for making my home a warm place. I can feel a tremendous difference this winter. What a blessing you are to people struggling to get home improvements done.

— Ms. Carter (homeowner & HES Participant)

With a focus on educating homeowners and volunteers alike about why it is important to conserve energy in the home, program participants are empowered to maintain an energy efficient home for years to come. Utility analysis of each home allows us to measure the environmental impact of our work.

How You Can Get Involved

HES projects are available weekly, and are perfect for individuals or groups of 8 to 10. No experience is necessary! Our on-site Project Leaders will provide guidance, materials, and safety equipment. View and sign up for HES projects.

What To Expect at an HES Project

  • Our HES Project Leaders will provide guidance, materials, and safety equipment on site.
  • Please wear comfortable work clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes.
  • Lunch, water, and snacks are provided.
  • At the beginning of each project, an orientation will offer information about energy conservation, the program's benefits, and the day's work.
  • Repairs may include installing insulation, weather stripping, low-flow shower heads, CFL bulbs, and other upgrades to make homes more efficient.
  • You may even learn a thing or two about making your own home more energy efficient!


  • 155 homes completed by volunteers
  • 156 flood-impacted homes completed
  • 16% average energy savings
  • $450 average utility savings
  • 2.5 HES homes take the equivalent of 1 car off the road for a year
  • 22% HES average air infiltration reduction
  • 958+ volunteers engaged
  • $91,788 in volunteer economic impact*
  • 4,394 Compact Florescent Bulbs installed

*According to Independent Sector research. 

video: A glimpse into a home energy savings project

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous investments in HON's Home Energy Savings Program: 

Energy Stars: $500,000+

The River Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Energy Savers: $10,000+

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act
Cities of Service/Bloomberg Philanthropies
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Frist Foundation
HCA Foundation
Ingram Industries, Inc.
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
The T&T Family Foundation
U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings
Village Real Estate Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

House Sponsors

12 South Neighborhood Association
CSX Corporation
Nashville Home Energy Solutions
The Grand Ole Opry

The Melkus Family Foundation
Schneider Electric
Urban Land Institute



This program supports two efforts of Mayor Karl Dean's Office - Impact Nashville's Service Plan and the Office of Environment and Sustainability - to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020. Impact Nashville mobilizes volunteers to assist with the city's greatest needs in the areas of environment and education. The Office of Environment and Sustainability helps develop and expand green initiatives.