RTSC Partners with PNM to Update Windows for Veterans in Rio Rancho
Rebuilding Together Sandoval County (RTSC) has completed two projects that were funded by the 2021 PNM Reduce Your Use Grant. The goal of our project was to help qualified low-income families save money on their electric bills, reduce energy use, and reduce carbon emissions. Accordingly, we assisted two homeowners in Rio Rancho by replacing inefficient, broken, and inoperable windows and doors with new energy-efficient fixtures meeting Energy Star requirements. The homeowners are both veterans, one disabled, whose total annual income is within Low-Income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
These vets had to defer much needed home repairs since their income is consumed by everyday expenses. The window/door replacement project not only reduces the homeowner’s energy consumption, but it has eliminated cold drafts and improved the overall health and well-being of the residents. And the cost savings from reduced utility bills will be directed toward other essential living costs, such as food and medicine. One of the homeowners told us that the window upgrade “Makes the bedrooms a lot more comfortable both in the summer and the winter. I've been wanting to do something like this for years.” The other homeowner said “The windows look great and really help improve efficiency. I’m really thankful.”
RTSC is grateful for the support we have received from PNM Resources Foundation, which enables us to complete our mission of providing essential home repairs for families in our community who cannot afford to maintain their homes. When we do this and achieve energy reduction at the same time, it is truly a win/win.