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The ECC Program

A Nationally Recognized and Award-Winning Program Affiliated with AmeriCorps.”

The goal of the Energy Conservation Corps Program (ECC) is to produce qualified and certified industry leaders that are ready to meet the regional demand for professionals that are trained and certified to perform specialized energy upgrades on both new and existing homes. Corps members are recruited directly from local communities to serve 6 month to 1 year terms, receive a successful combination of classroom training, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship, and give back to their communities through their service work.


160

Low-income Homes Upgraded

1200

Average Annual Dollars Saved

57

Corps Graduates

94

Job Placement Percentage

THE ECC INITIATIVES

Two Innovative Initiatives Healing Our Communities.”

ECC FOCUS

ECC IMPACT

The ECC creates a significant impact on local housing affordability by performing direct energy efficiency retrofits on low income homes suffering from inefficiencies and high and unaffordable energy costs. More than 50 homes each year are fully weatherized and upgraded for energy efficiency by the program, often saving families more than 30% on their monthly bills. As the licensed contractor performing this work, the ECC takes an innovative approach which includes pre and post performance testing of the home, energy modeling , deployment of construction best practices, and quality assurance – resulting in quality upgrades and deep savings for the homeowner.


GOAL

Produce certified industry leaders who are ready to meet the regional demand for professionals who are trained to perform specialized energy upgrades on both new and existing homes.

SAVINGS

Significant cost savings, up to 30% , are created by performing energy efficiency retrofits on low income homes suffering from high and unaffordable monthly bills.

EDUCATE

Corps members are recruited directly from local communities to serve 6 month to 1 year terms; receive a successful combination of classroom training, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship; and give back to their communities through their service work.

PROCESS

Licensed ECC contractors take pre- and post- performance tests of the home, then deploy construction best practices, and quality assurance that improve the energy efficiency of the home, resulting in deep savings for the homeowner.


THE NEED IS NOW

THOUSANDS of low-income families face high energy costs that they cannot afford due to the inefficiencies of their home.

Many homes in our Lowcountry communities suffer from insufficient insulation in their attics and crawlspaces, outdated mechanical systems and appliances, inefficient HVAC duct systems, and general air leakage that results from age and disrepair.

Low income families are often economically stifled by high, monthly energy bills and spend a disproportionate amount of their income on their monthly energy costs. The repair and “upgrading” of these homes has become a national cause and urgent priority for our local communities.

Ellen Smalls

Homeowner

I knew I was cold but nobody else could feel it but me. Breezes were coming from the floors, the walls, the bathroom…everywhere in my house. My light bill was up there and I had to go get help from Human Services over and over…The amazing thing [was] that a fter I got this done, the first month my light bill went down to $134! It was like $300 a month (before)!”


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