Letter from the Executive Director
With your support, EnergyCare is adapting to meet the growing challenges around alleviating energy poverty in St. Louis. EnergyCare clients often pay a much higher percentage of their fixed incomes on electric and gas bills than most people. Energy Care’s low-income clients follow the patterns of poverty in the region. As the numbers of seniors living on fixed incomes continue to grow in St. Louis, more and more struggle to age in place.
Many client homes are increasingly energy inefficient due to cold air coming through drafty windows and doors. Beyond struggling with utility bills, inefficient homes contribute to health disparities and make managing chronic diseases even more difficult. The climate in St. Louis, with extremes of cold in the winter and heat in the summer, forces our clients to live in unhealthy homes.
After a successful summer season, EnergyCare staff and volunteers are busy this fall and winter helping vulnerable people by weatherizing homes, installing heaters and smoke alarms, delivering electric blankets and helping with utility bills. We can only make this happen with your generous support.