Growing a Little Greener

Direct Energy November 14

The Women’s Home’s Treatment and Transitional housing has some exciting new additions. In November, we were chosen to receive a $5,000 Direct Energy’s Reduce Your Use for Good™ Grant. A part of Direct Energy’s support of green practices, the grant helps nonprofits purchase energy efficient products and services to cut down their energy consumption and costs. Micah Hirschfield, Direct Energy’s External Relations Director, and member of the Board of Directors for The Home said the goal of the Reduce Your Use for Good Grant is to “help keep the dollars they’ve earned for their missions” and off of infrastructure maintenance.

Micah, who serves as our Public Affairs Committee Chairman, first began volunteering with The Home after being introduced to our mission by former colleague and board member, Russell Reese. He enjoys being able to see how his contributions to The Home translate back to our clients and the positive impact The Women’s Home has on our community. Now serving his second term on our board, Micah hopes that the solar fans we purchased through the grant will help us save on maintenance costs for years to come and keep focused on our mission of helping Houston women.

Built in the early nineties our residential dormitory and three of our transitional homes were in need of energy efficient updates to help reduce their impact on our local environment and help save on operational costs. This grant allowed us to purchase seven solar fans, two each for three of our transitional houses and one for our residential dormitory’s attic.

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Left: A two story solar attic fan for our transitional facilities. Right: A solar attic fan for one of our single story buildings.

Solar fans reduce the temperature in building attics, helping lower energy costs by managing the spread of heat. Our five new solar fans not only cut the energy used by our air conditioning system to cool our residential housing, but also support their operating needs through solar panels, saving us the cost of running them.

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