For several years, Tom Williamson has been part of a Rochester interfaith group distributing energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
“I’ve done about all I can do to reduce energy use in my home, but I can save more energy by helping put these bulbs in other people’s homes,” Williamson shared. “This helps people by reducing their electric bill and helps the planet by reducing carbon emissions.”
When the pandemic limited public gatherings, it put a pause on Tom’s efforts to distribute bulbs. This October, he found another way. He partnered up with Semcac, an organization that provides weatherization services for multiple Southeastern Minnesota cities and counties, including Rochester, through the federally-funded Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The funds for WAP are distributed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce to 23 service providers in the state like Semcac.