Energy Savers Network supports volunteer-based solutions to the energy efficiency problems that disproportionately impact low-income and minority communities.
Energy Savers Network envisions a sustainable future where our most vulnerable communities are not saddled by the worst impacts of a dirty fossil fuel industry. We believe in community-lead programs that improve the health, safety, and energy efficiency of low-income and minority households. We believe in mobilizing volunteers, donors, and community partners to create real change in people’s lives. We believe in helping the climate by helping people.
Energy Savers Network began at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, North Carolina, with a small network of volunteers. Instead of simply donating money to help lessen the energy burden of low-income households, Brad Rouse and his fellow parishioners dubbed themselves the Green Team and went to work. The Green Team connected with limited income communities in order to hand out LED bulbs, install weather stripping on doors, fix gaps and holes, and provide families with whatever they needed to lower their energy burden.
After moving from Hayesville to Asheville, Brad met Alice Wyndham through Asheville Citizens’ Climate Lobby. They shared a desire to help people and help preserve the environment, and they quickly began organizing and training teams of volunteers in Asheville. Brad and Alice partnered with Community Action Opportunities to support their weatherization services, and this partnership further grew their impact across Western North Carolina. Soon after, Pearson King joined Brad and Alice through Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and their work with Community Action Opportunities grew. As the number of volunteers joining Brad, Alice, and Pearson multiplied, they began to expand their network to homes outside of the Community Action Opportunities program.
Recognizing the importance of programs that foster climate justice and community-engagement, MountainTrue offered to support this endeavor, and in 2016 Energy Savers Network was born. Since then, we have worked tirelessly in support of environmental justice, clean energy, and energy efficiency in Western North Carolina.