Home Energy Savings Program
Hand On Nashville's Home Energy Savings (HES) Program engages volunteers in improving the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of North and East Nashville homes owned and occupied by very-low-income homeowners. We also educate homeowners and volunteers alike about the importance of conserving energy in the home to save the earth's precious resources and reduce utility bills. Utility analysis of each home allows us to measure the environmental impact of our work.
If you have questions, or would like to sign up a group to volunteer, contact:
Director of Sustainability
(615) 298-1108 Ext. 405
The HES Program also played a key role in making homes owned and occupied by flood servivors more energy efficient. This work has helped homeowners regain financial stability by reducing energy usage and expense through the support of The River Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and others. The HES program completed 100 flood-impacted homes in 2012 and more than 50 in 2013.
How You Can Get InvolvedHES 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.
HES is HIRING
HON’s Home Energy Savings Program is hiring a 2014 VISTA AmeriCorps! Be a part of a team that helps to make 50+ low-income homes more energy efficient by volunteer installed upgrades. Applications due to email@example.com by December 10th. Click here for all details about the position.
What To Expect at an HES Project
- Our two 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!
I had a great time and met good people. I learned a lot about home insulation and where homes lose their energy. Jaclyn was great.
— HES Volunteer
Home Energy Savings Program - By the NumbersProgram metrics to date:
- 155 homes completed by volunteers
- 156 flood-impacted homes completed
- 22% HES average air infiltration reduction
- 958+ volunteers engaged
- $91,788 in volunteer economic impact*
- 4,394 Compact Florescent Bulbs installed
- 1318 tons (2,636,000 pounds) of CO2 emissions reduced.**
- ... and counting!
*The balance was created by multiplying general volunteer numbers by the following hourly rates provided by the Independent Sector: $21.36 in 2011, $21.79 in 2012, and $22.14 in 2013.
**Over its lifetime, one single CFL bulb prevents 600 pounds of carbon dioxide from heating the atmosphere.
Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous investments in HON's Home Energy Savings Program:
Energy Stars: $500,000+
Energy Savers: $10,000+
Cities of Service/Bloomberg Philanthropies
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Frist Foundation
Ingram Industries, Inc.
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings
Village Real Estate Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Nashville Home Energy Solutions
The Grand Ole Opry
The Melkus Family Foundation
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.