COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

A dose of energy efficiency

brantin@sc.rr.com (803) 771-8306October 27, 2013 

SCE&G employees volunteer their time to weatherize a Columbia resident's home by replacing windows and caulking to make them weather tight.

COURTESY OF ROBERT CLARK

Community Helping Hands — A dose of energy efficiency

Several South Carolina Electric Gas & Gas Co. workers headed into the community recently to help customers make their homes safer and more energy efficient.

The volunteer outreach was the kickoff to the company’s Home Weatherization Blitz as part of Energy Awareness Month in October.

During the week-long blitz, about 60 SCE&G volunteers weatherized three homes to make them more energy efficient and comfortable places to live.

The homes were selected based on criteria from the South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program in coordination with local community action agencies. SCE&G donates weatherization funds to hire contractors and purchase supplies.

“We are proud to increase our home weatherization efforts this year and help more of our customers by making much-needed energy efficiency improvements to their homes so that they can be comfortable year-round,” said Don Faircloth, SCE&G customer assistance program manager.

More than 60,000 homes have been weatherized since the program began in 1976. During this year’s blitz, the SCE&G employees provided caulking and weather-stripping while insulating and windows and doors on the homes to make them weather-tight.

“So many individuals in our state - especially our seniors - are living in homes that are in desperate need of weatherizing so that they can live more comfortably, remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, and keep energy usage low,” said Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.

A boost for local families

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and members of the Timberlake Plantation Owners Association and Timberlake Country Club recently presented $2,200 to the WE CARE Center in Chapin. The donation was made from proceeds from the recent Timberlake Youth Triathlon.

The WE CARE Center provides food and other assistance for those who need assistance in the Chapin, Little Mountain, Peak, Pomaria and Prosperity areas.

About 70 children participated in the youth triathlon, which deputies conducted with the Timberlake Plantation Owners Association and Timberlake Country Club in August.

Adoption special all treats, no tricks

Columbia Animal Services is offering special adoption prices on all black and/or white cats and dogs through Thursday as part of its Halloween Super Adoption event.

All black and/or white pet adoptions will be $31. All animals are spay or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed. Canines are tested for heartworms and felines are tested for feline leukemia/aids.

The Columbia Animal Shelter is open from 8:30a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is located at 127 Humane Lane, off of Shop Road.

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