City of Dallas Launches Whole Home Program
The Whole Home Dallas online hub connects homeowners to existing programs that offer financial assistance, rebates and tax incentives. The goal is to help residents withstand extreme weather events such as life-threatening heat waves and historic freezes, as well as lower utility costs, increase energy efficiency and reduce pollution. Dallas City Councilwoman Paula Blackmon, chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee, says low-income residents suffer disproportionally from the effects of climate change.
The site is sorted into three main categories: weatherization, energy efficiency and renewable energy, with links to current income-based assistance programs, as well as rebates and tax incentives. Weatherization improvements refer to upgrades like caulking, weatherstripping, insulating, installing energy-efficient windows and repairing or replacing doors. Energy efficiency improvements include purchasing Energy Star appliances and light bulbs, programmable thermostats and smart plugs. Renewable Energy contains a guide to solar incentives. They also recently launched a Green Job Skills pilot program aimed at residents working in the building industry, offered in partnership with Santa Fe Community College, has room for up to 50 applicants program.
For more information, visit WholeHomeDallas.com.