APAH Receives Grant for Energy Efficient Upgrades

Arlington, VA (February 25, 2021) – Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) is proud to have received funding through Dominion Energy Virginia’s EnergyShare program.

Through the program, APAH will receive a grant of $51,000 which will support necessary upgrades to HVAC systems and water heaters at the Columbia Grove property that have been identified as beyond their useful life.  “As our properties age, it becomes inevitable that expensive upgrades or repairs will be needed,” said Ash Bhatia, APAH’s Senior Asset Manager. “We’re grateful for this support which is allowing us to replace 30 HVAC systems before they completely fail, which would be inconvenient and uncomfortable for families.”

Dominion Energy is committing more than $1.5 million to support community organizations across the state implementing energy-efficiency measures and enhancing workforce development through the company’s EnergyShare program. The programs will educate communities about ways to reduce energy costs, train workers in weatherization services and assist low-income customers.

“With the cold weather we’ve been experiencing and the pandemic still in full swing our customers are counting on programs like EnergyShare now more than ever,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “We are pleased to be able to work with local organizations to determine the unique needs of each community and provide much needed support.”

Columbia Grove is home to 208 families, who earn an average income of just $39,000. APAH renovated in 2010 to refresh the property and meet EarthCraft Virginia standards for energy conservation. The residents who live at this property benefit from the green features like low-flow water-saving fixtures, EnergyStar rated appliances, and Low Ti-R windows. “The improvements in HVAC technology over the past decade will increase the energy efficiency of the property,” remarked Bhatia.