Rising energy prices can sometimes hit low-income homeowners the hardest. But there are ways to help people cut their costs, and reduce their environmental impact at the same time.
Grid Alternatives is a California company whose mission is to help communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services.
Since 2004, Grid Alternatives has installed 171 solar electric systems for low-income families throughout Northern and Southern California, reducing each family's electric bills by nearly 75%.
Safeway, Macy's and Frito-Lay use solar power either to generate electricity or to heat water using an array of solar reflectors. This clean, renewable resource is helping companies and residents save money on their monthly energy bills.
You can get involved directly by making a tax-deductable donation to Grid Alternatives. Check out their website at "Gridalternatives.org", or you can find similar programs closer to home through the department of energy. Their website, "doe.gov".