Home Weatherization Programs Grab Back Against Mother Nature and Misinformation

Your DGB for today is to educate yourself on the Weatherization Assistance Program, consider using the program for your own home, and/or sharing the information with someone who can use it.

Living in the United States means you will be a victim of the ravages of weather at some point in the year. Be it a frigid winter or scorching summer, few of us escape the wrath of mother nature. Unfortunately, keeping our homes warm or cool ultimately contributes to the extreme weather caused by climate change. Did you know that our federal and local governments work together to help reduce the impact to the planet AND our bank accounts?

The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Programs provide funding and information to state and local weatherization agencies, to which eligible citizens can turn for help in making their homes more energy efficient. This program works too. A study from 2015 by the Oak Ridge Laboratory found that the program not only reduced carbon emissions and saved energy costs for participants, it also reduced costs associated with treating children with asthma.

This link will help you determine eligibility and other program details for your state. 

Here’s where you can read more about the work the program is doing.


Reject Rick Perry’s Nomination

Your DGB for today is to call or email your senators and ask that they oppose Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry for Energy Secretary.

Back in 2011, when Rick Perry was running for President, he famously forgot the name of the Department of Energy, but did remember he wanted to eliminate it completely, along with the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education.

In Trump’s apparent commitment to ironic cabinet picks, he has now tapped Rick Perry to lead the DOE. When you’ve finished shaking your head, find the contact information (we like to email) for your senators here and use this script:

    “As an engaged citizen, I ask that you oppose the confirmation of Rick Perry as DOE Secretary on the grounds that he is not only unqualified, but also a science denier.”

As we look forward to the first night of Hanukkah this evening, let us honor the Festival of Lights by keeping this dim bulb far away from the Department of Energy.