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November 10, 2009 at 6:06 PM EST

Washington Gas Volunteers Install Energy Efficiency Measures in Nearly 50 D.C. Homes in 4th Annual Project Weatherization

WASHINGTON, Nov 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Gas volunteers teamed up with the nonprofit organization, Barney Neighborhood House, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 96, for the 4th Annual Project Weatherization on Saturday, Nov. 7. Project Weatherization is part of a continuous effort by Washington Gas to educate residents about energy efficiency and perhaps lower their heating bills during the winter months.

Each year, Washington Gas teams with a local non-profit organization to identify area residents that require weatherization assistance in one of the company's three service territories: the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia. This year Washington Gas worked with Barney Neighborhood House, a non-profit that serves the needs of senior and low-income residents in D.C.

More than 50 volunteers - employees, friends and family - spent the day weatherizing the homes of elderly D.C. residents. D.C. Ward Four Councilmember Muriel Bowser joined Washington Gas volunteers at a Ward Four home to show her support of Project Weatherization and help install weatherstripping at the residence.

"Washington Gas volunteers provided much-needed services to some of our older and less-fortunate neighbors," said Edwinta Jenkins, Project Director for Barney Neighborhood House, "The efforts from Project Weatherization will help keep them warm this winter, and hopefully keep costs down, which is more important than ever."

The following low-cost energy efficiency measures were installed by volunteers and are easy-to-do:

  • Installation of plastic on windows
  • Caulking around doors and windows
  • Installation of weather stripping
  • Installation of low-flow shower heads
  • Installation of kitchen faucet aerator
  • Installation of bathroom faucet aerators
  • Application of clear glass patch tape on cracked windows

Residents also were provided with informational materials to help them conserve energy during the winter and seek out energy assistance, if necessary.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Washington Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL).The parent company holds a group of energy-related retail businesses that focus primarily on retail energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services.

Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on its Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com/.Go to http://www.washingtongas.com/ for more information about Washington Gas Light Co.

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SOURCE: Washington Gas

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