Groundswell aggregates the purchasing power of Washington, DC, and Maryland organizations and residents to negotiate for lower prices on electricity and efficiency upgrades plus social impacts like clean energy and green jobs. Over 100 religious, community and labor organizations have participated in Groundswell’s Community Power Project, which solicits bids from competing suppliers of electricity. Participating organizations have saved up to 20% on their electric bills, and with 94% of them choosing to have their electricity come from wind or solar they’ve been driving providers to develop more renewable generation to meet this demand. Through the Strong Homes program, Groundswell brings neighbors together to get better prices from contractors on efficiency upgrades along with social commitments such as hiring locally and paying living wages. Groundswell has created an efficiency fund to give low-income residents the opportunity to participate.
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