HOUSTON (June 24, 2013) - Houston Habitat today announced a $75,000 grant from energy leader Constellation to upgrade some of Houston Habitat's older homes in the city's Fifth Ward. The gift will fund weatherization on existing Houston Habitat homes to increase energy efficiency. As part of its commitment, Constellation will also host Habitat volunteer opportunities for the company's Houston area employees.
Constellation's pilot weatherization project for Habitat Houston in 2011 and 2012 yielded significantly lower energy usage for 10 homeowners, saving them an average of $61.00 a month.
"Constellation's generous gift speaks to its commitment to underserved communities and Houston Habitat for Humanity," said David Keane, Board Chair for Houston Habitat for Humanity and Vice President of Policy and Corporate Affairs for BG Group in Houston. "By weatherizing older Habitat homes, residents will realize greater energy efficiency and lower light bills. Further, we welcome the addition of a new team of volunteers whose work will make a difference as Habitat advances affordable home ownership opportunities for deserving Houstonians."
On June 19, Constellation's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Bruce Stewart, presented the $75,000 check to Houston Habitat for Humanity staff and executive committee.
"For Constellation, helping customers buy, manage and use energy more efficiently is key to our business, so it is very meaningful for us to be able to provide energy improvements and critical savings for Houston Habitat families," said Stewart. "We look forward to taking our commitment to the next level and continuing to support Habitat's efforts in the Houston community."
The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers (www.constellation.com), are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation's retail businesses serve more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company's Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).
ABOUT HOUSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:
Since 1987, Houston Habitat for Humanity, along with thousands of sponsors and volunteers, has built more than 925 affordable homes for purchase by hard-working, low-income Houstonians. Qualified Houston Habitat homebuyers agree to a no-interest mortgage and contribute 300 hours of "sweat equity," working on their homes as well as the homes of their neighbors. Partner families are also provided with classes on money management and home maintenance. More information about Houston Habitat and the Houston Habitat ReStore, a discount building supply outlet, is available at www.houstonhabitat.org or by calling 713-671-9993.
Houston Habitat for Humanity
Bronwyn Walker, 832.338.8112