Charisse Bremond-Weaver (Courtesy photo)

Brotherhood Crusade was recently awarded a LADWP Community Outreach grant to promote energy and water conservation outreach and awareness.

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade President & CEO said, “We are so grateful to LADWP for their continued support over the past several years. Awarding us this grant enables us to continue the journey we started to instill water and energy conservation awareness in our program students and nurture them to go into our communities to advocate this important environmental platform. The confidence this program has built up in our students is palpable. They are wiser and better equipped to make the choices to ensure a greener plant and we could not be more proud of them.”

To support the grant, Brotherhood Crusade established Youth and Environmental Ambassadors that will work to inform their peers and residents about public health issues and topics relating to both water and energy during the various virtual and projected in person engagements they attend. The students will also share conservation tips that could result in lower utility bills.

As we continue to live our new normal together during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we stay mindful of the energy crisis in the United States. According to a 2018 report by the NAACP and the environmental advocacy nonprofit Clean Air Task Force, utility bills are the primary reason why people resort to payday loans, and play an outside role in the perpetuation of poverty.

Brotherhood Crusade through its LADWP Youth Ambassadors Program wants to see and be that change in our community! This summer is the chance for residents of Los Angeles to help with energy conservation and save on your energy bill.

Here are some tips to help you save on your energy bill:

• On hot days, avoid using the over; cook on the stove, use a microwave over, or grill outside

• Set your thermostat as high as comfortable possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

• Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.

• Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.

Don’t let money blow out of your home! Small changes have big results.

If you need any additional information about the Brotherhood Crusade LADWP Youth Ambassador Program or want to receive materials and information about water conservation and energy efficiency, please contact [email protected] and/or call 323-846-1649.