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The City of Richmond Offers Free Weatherization Kits to Seniors Today

RICHMOND, VA – As part of Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ RVAgreen initiative, the annual Senior Weatherization Kit Giveaway sponsored by the City’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) takes place Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Pleasants Hardware, 2024 West Broad St.  

Up to 500 weatherization kits, one per person, will be distributed by DPU employees and volunteers to Richmond city seniors free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  These starter kits are designed to help city seniors get a head start on their home weatherization projects by providing such items as weather stripping for doors and windows, low flow shower heads, draft stoppers for outlets, a door sweep, and a fluorescent light bulb. 

“DPU looks forward to bringing this annual event to Richmond seniors each year.  Weatherizing your home is one of the best ways the average homeowner can achieve the most benefit with the least amount of effort and expense.  It not only saves money, it also helps the environment and is one of the many aspects of our city’s sustainability efforts,” says Mayor Jones.

Pleasant’s Hardware will provide special coupons for participating seniors and will have representatives on hand to answer installation questions. Representatives from the City’s Departments of Social Services and Human Services, Project Homes formerly known as ElderHomes, and Senior Connections will also be on hand to distribute and provide information on fuel assistance, senior housing and activities, winter weatherization tips, in-home care for the elderly and local senior activities.   In addition, DPU’s mascot, “Utility Buddy” will be there to greet seniors.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

Seniors must be present to receive a kit and are asked to bring identification to verify residence.  For more information, call DPU’s Communications Division at (804) 646-5463.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is a premier provider of utility service.  DPU provides natural gas, water, wastewater and storm water service to more than 500,000 residential and commercial customers in the metropolitan region.  In addition, DPU operates an electric street lighting utility, which maintains 37,000 streetlights throughout the City.  For more information, visit DPU’s Web site at www.richmondgov.com/dpu.


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