A family in need in Fairfax County, Virginia received thousands of dollars in free home repairs from Dominion Energy Home Assistance.
Ron and Lisa Suddarth have not had air conditioning or heating in their home for over four years – unable to pay for a new HVAC system after battling health issues and job loss. The Suddarths applied for Dominion Energy’s EnergyShare program after facing extreme temperatures while living in a poorly weatherized house.
“Because you reach a point where you have to do it or else you could lose it all,” Suddarth said.
With the help of EnergyShare, the Suddarths have moved beyond that point, with weatherization and upgrades to the front yard, fences, back deck and attic. From now on, their home will be more energy efficient and better for their health.
Dominion Energy says the program has helped 21,000 households since its inception 40 years ago. EnergyShare is dedicated to helping customers with bill payment assistance, energy efficiency upgrades and energy conservation education, greatly helping the Fairfax community.
The program is for everyone, regardless of income level, said Utibe Bassey, vice president of customer experience at Dominion Energy. As long as there is a need, EnergyShare can help.
“It’s for the comfort and the health and safety aspect that they also get out of these programs,” said Dimh Tran of Tran Energy Services.
Suddarth expressed her gratitude that she and her husband can now live in a properly weatherized house.
“Even with all the health issues that I’m dealing with, with my wife and everything, we’re together, we’re together forever,” Suddarth said.
Virginia customers can call 211 or visit 211virginia.org to be referred to a local EnergyShare agency.