WARM-ing up to save money

The program may be known as WARM, but it’s keeping electric bills for the residents of Penns Common Court in Reading, Pa., cool.

HDC MidAtlantic Maintenance Technicians Rod Ashman (left) and Nayip “Junior” Segerra assist with the installation of the energy efficient refrigerators at Penns Common.

The WARM program is administered by Med-Ed to help qualifying residents who have low income reduce their electric bills in the winter and summer months. Residents participating in WARM receive an in-home energy usage evaluation to determine what improvements can be made to save on energy costs. A trained energy educator works with residents to develop an energy-savings plan and recommends energy-efficient home improvements, such as upgrades to attic and/or wall insulation, repairs to caulking and weather-stripping, replacements for refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units and new energy-saving light bulbs. There is no charge to the residents for the installation or services.

At Penns Common, a Met-Ed contractor met with residents qualifying for WARM to test their refrigerators for energy efficiency. After the inspection, 31 residents received new energy-efficient refrigerators that will ultimately save $100 a year on each resident’s electric bill.

“The residents are very excited and extremely grateful,” said Penns Common Property Manager Laura Wasylak. “Not only are they saving money, but they are also receiving a brand new appliance which is very valuable to them.”

This was the first year Penns Common participated in WARM, but Wasylak anticipates residents will sign up again in the future.

In the news: HDC MidAtlantic’s The Flats Phase I receives Excellence in Construction award from ABC

DiSabatino Construction received an “Excellence in Construction Award” from the Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter for The Flats Phase I in Wilmington, Del. HDC MidAtlantic developed and manages the property.

Construction is currently in progress for Phase II of the redevelopment and HDC MidAtlantic is currently accepting applications for Phase II of The Flats.

“Furnishing” hope for veterans

The old saying goes “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Thanks to the help of JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, HDC MidAtlantic is bringing the idiom to life for central Pennsylvania veterans.

JDog Junk removal logo with bulldog wearing green hatJDog is a junk removal and hauling business owned and operated by veterans and their family members. HDC MidAtlantic has worked closely with the JDog franchise in York, Pennsylvania, to find a second life for furniture from its Lancaster House North. Instead of throwing unwanted furniture in the trash, the items are donated to Mr. Sandy’s Homeless Veteran’s Shelter in York to furnish apartments and living areas for residents transitioning to new homes.

HDC MidAtlantic and JDog have worked together over the past year and a half to salvage furniture from Lancaster House North. Sean Haney, owner and operator of the York JDog franchise and a Marine Corps veteran, notes that bedroom pieces are the most useful and needed furniture for homeless vets adjusting to new living arrangements. Among the items donated are metal bed frames, nightstands, dressers and chairs, helping four veterans and their families furnish new homes.

When recalling his experiences with HDC MidAtlantic and Lancaster House North, one memory in particular stands out to Haney. He had visited Lancaster House North to clear items from the building’s storeroom and an apartment recently vacated by a tenant. He left with a chair, dresser, bed frame, nightstand and lamp. After loading the furniture onto his truck, Haney called his contact at the shelter to let her know what had been collected. She was overwhelmed. She had been working with a homeless veteran and his wife who had found an available apartment but had no furniture. Coincidentally, the items collected by Haney were enough to set up the couple’s new home. The furniture was delivered to the couple later that day.

“It’s what we’re all about at JDog,” he says. “We’re an organization formed by veterans and run by veterans to help veterans.”

HDC MidAtlantic Facilities Manager Ed Gower, who oversees the partnership with JDog, adds: “As a veteran myself, it is always refreshing to know we are able to assist veterans and their families. And it is a pleasure to have a business partner whose motive is more than profit.”


This story was shared in partnership with NeighborWorks America.