“For the veterans who live here — and to Operation Stand Down Tennessee — this means a lot because [the volunteers] are making the home more energy efficient, which is going to save us a lot in the long run, and it’s going to help keep our clients warm in the winter time,” said Antwan Waller, a Operation Stand Down Tennessee Transitional Housing Program Case Manager. “It’s hard to find words to really describe it because I really am just so grateful to be a part of this.”
Operation Stand Down’s Transitional Housing Program fulfills a vital need by providing support services and housing for veterans experiencing temporary homelessness.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, thirteen Cummins employees donated their time to improving the affordability and comfort of a transitional housing property through Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings (HES) Program. The group added attic insulation, made water-saving retrofits to the bathrooms, installed energy efficient lighting and air-sealed windows and doors. With Cummins investment, the traditional HES scope of work was expanded to a include a rain garden build and tree plantings in the backyard, which will mitigate stream pollution, help protect the home’s foundation and shade the roof to lower energy bills in the summer.
When the work was complete, the volunteers reduced the amount of air entering the home by an impressive 27 percent. This result will save Operation Stand Down Tennessee on energy costs, which can be invested towards their veterans support programming. On average HES projects save homeowners about $390 a year on their utilities.
As the project drew to a close, one of the veterans who lives in the home spoke with each volunteer and thanked them for their time and support. The volunteers, in return expressed their gratitude for all of the service and sacrifice each of our veterans have made for our country.
To learn how you can help at a Home Energy Savings Program, click here.