Creating Comfortable, Affordable, and Happy Homes for Montgomery County Residents

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Montgomery County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Civic Education and Public Information (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

Montgomery Energy Connection (MEC), a program of the County, aims to work together to help spread the message about home energy efficiency in our community. One way that MEC does this is by partnering with other departments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. For the last three years, MEC has collaborated with Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) to provide more than 4,000 income-qualifying residents with in-person and virtual presentations, resources, and energy efficiency devices/technology to help them love where they live. Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Conservation Corp program helped distribute these materials to residents who would benefit from them. Over the last two years, we have spent a significant amount of time in our homes because of the pandemic – becoming our offices, schools, and even our restaurants. Residents spending more time at home led to increased utility costs. As part of this partnership, MEC and MHP we created two different programs to help residents: the Happy, Healthy Homes initiative hand-delivered 1,700 welcome bags of resources to help residents keep money in their pockets and live happier and healthier lives and the Love Where You Live initiative provided customized “Love Where You Live Home Comfort Kits” to residents along with virtual energy education.

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