In 2015, Energy Wise Alliance had a landmark year working to alleviate the effects of poverty and climate change on the residents of Orleans Parish.
Despite having some of the lowest fuel and per kilowatt hour rates in the country, households in New Orleans earning less than $30,000 per year still spend 23% of their after tax income on energy, a cost that impacts opportunities to contribute to the local economy in other ways. We are committed to changing that.
Through outreach, workshops and in-school lessons, we have helped energy consumers change their behavior, which will help them reduce their energy expenses and live more comfortable lives.
This year alone, we have:
· Won a critical contract to operate the education and outreach for the Energy Smart program in Orleans Parish;
· Increased our outreach 500% from 2014, reaching over 5,700 individuals (nearly 1,500 of which are students)
· Given 5th-7th graders Energy Smart starter kits to teach them about energy so that they can be energy efficiency leaders at home and in their neighborhoods (helping their parents to save more than a collective $26,000)
· Started a nonprofit retrofit program to help nonprofits save long-term on their energy bills through professional energy assessments and guided barn-raisings;
· Provided retrofits for local non-profits Luke’s House and Young Leadership Council to help reduce their spending so those savings can be put toward their missions (Alliance Francaise, our pilot organization, saved over $800 last year, and 25 of their members went home and applied the lessons learned).
Through interactive lessons, table displays and neighborhood presentations, students and residents learn about home energy science, simple do-it-yourself measures, enrolling homeowners in utility-sponsored programs and behavior changes that improve comfort and reduce cost.
In 2016, in addition to continuing and enhancing the Energy Smart program in Orleans Parish, we will be piloting a summer camp program and a job training program with opportunity youth at Louisiana Green Corps, as well as bringing on three AmeriCorps VISTAs to build our program from the ground up in Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes.
To continue being successful, we need your support. Consider making a tax-deductible contribution, so that we can continue our work here in New Orleans and throughout Southeast Louisiana.
Happy New Year!
Energy Wise Alliance