Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

For New Homeowners

ForNewHomeowners

For new homeowners, buying a home is a big accomplishment. However, you need to keep in mind that it’s only the beginning. To keep your home in great shape for years to come, you’ll need to deal with the biggest threat: the weather. Are you wondering how you can protect your home against this natural enemy? Of course, you can’t control the weather conditions, but there is a lot you can do to prevent possible damage and minimize it when it occurs. 

There are many things you can do to keep your utility costs low and your home structure safe—and most of them don’t even require professional skills. Check out our list of the best ways to protect your home from the weather, save on your bills, and be eco-conscious to preserve the environment. 

This is a general piece of advice to make sure the walls of your home, the surfaces that mother nature affects most, are in good condition. The walls of a house, both old and new, have a very important function. 

The outside surface of your home must be waterproof and to repel the weather. Luckily, it is obvious enough when the outside of the house has lots of cracks, the walls are covered in moss, there is loose rendering, or there are bald spots where pebbledash used to be. These are all signs that the house is probably going to let water in, meaning that it is no longer waterproof or weatherproof. 

Insulate 

Whether you live in a warm region of the country or a cold one, insulating your attic is one of the best things you can do to keep cooling and heating costs down. Every fall and spring, check to make sure there aren’t any gaps or cracks allowing outside air in (or inside air out). 

Summer or winter, one thing is sure – the temperature outside doesn’t match the temperature inside your home, so unless you have weatherproofed windows, and your house is properly sealed, the weather conditions have a great chance of affecting the inside. 

A leaky house can influence the consumption of your air and heating system, which leads to higher utility bills and environmental stress. Taking a few simple, inexpensive steps can lower your utility bills and help save the planet. 

Basement and attic insulation is not cheap, but it will also give you the biggest return on investment because huge amounts of heat can be lost through under-insulated crawl spaces, basements, and attics. 

If you have a cellar, it is probably prone to condensation, mold, dampness, algae, and flooding since it’s underneath the ground. The space also needs to be ventilated, but make sure the ventilation outlet or shaft does not allow water to get into the room during rainfall. There are many ways to damp-proof a basement; the most common one is known as “tanking” and includes the application of a durable waterproof material to the walls. 

If you have old windows, you need to check that they are in good condition and correctly closed all around your house. Storm windows offer an additional layer of protection against the cold air. Caulking around old windows can also work wonders. 

Door draft stoppers 

You can either buy a door draft stopper or even make one yourself. Put them along your outside doors to help keep away cold winter air that may come from underneath. 

Buy a water heater insulating blanket 

Insulating your water heater helps save energy by reducing the heat that gets lost through the sides of the water heater by 25-40%. 

Get a programmable thermostat 

Getting a programmable thermostat that automates indoor temperature and can save about $200 in annual cooling and heating costs. Choose between a unit with remote access (smart home technology) or without it. If you’re replacing an old thermostat, you can do it yourself; but if you’re putting in a whole new system, you will want to hire a pro. 

Weatherstrip the house 

Sealing gaps around windows and doors can make your house feel warmer and save you 10-15% on energy bills. Modern doors use weatherstripping that fits into the door casing. If your door is set up this way, then you only need to push the cut strips into the groove around the door casing. If you have an old door system, then you will have to get the self-adhesive foam weatherstripping and fit it into the area around your door. 

-Darrell Abercrombie

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Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development2 weeks ago
New Blog Post || Protecting Your Investment

“The weather the last several weeks in Central Texas has been touch and go. We’ve had record amounts of rain, high winds, tornadoes, fires and hail. All which have caused major damages to property and homes. Having Insurance does not stop the weather from destroying your property, but it can reduce the financial impact of a covered loss.”

Find the rest of our latest blog post by following the link below!

Https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/protecting-your-investment
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Grassroots Community Development4 weeks ago
Hello! My name is Lee Scheffe, I am thrilled to join Grassroots as the East Waco Community Organizer! I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I moved to Waco in 2020 to attend Baylor for my undergraduate degree in economics and political science, which I earned in May 2024. While a student at Baylor, I was blessed to work with a number of community organizations and leaders in Waco's social sector. I served as a grant writer for a local nonprofit, completed an internship at the Community Development department at the City, and spent time volunteering at a number of local charities. These experiences introduced me to the wonderful, powerful, and loving community of Waco. Growing up in Austin, I witnessed firsthand the effects of fast-moving municipal growth. I saw that, sometimes, behind the image of economic vitality, displacement, disenfranchisement, and injustice occurred. I was blessed to be surrounded by a faith community and local organizers who understood the power of listening to local voices and empowering community members to enact the change they wanted to see in their city. These experiences instilled in me a love for community-based change and the value of active and patient listening.

I've long held a deep interest in housing. During the summer before my final undergraduate year, I studied vacant housing in Waco and presented my findings to local community leaders. The following semester, I studied the effects of the expansion of short-term rental properties on Waco's housing market. Through these encounters, I began to explore the intersection between attainable housing options and community flourishing. Most significantly, I learned that working alongside community members and connecting local resources results in loving, charitable, and thriving neighborhoods.

I'm delighted to serve the wonderful community of East Waco and support the powerful stories of its community members. I look forward to being present and supporting East Waco's community members in their work.
Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development1 month ago
Happening this week! With topics, such as "Vehicle Safety 101," "Cyber Security Awareness," and "Domestic Violence," this event will be hard to miss.
Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development1 month ago
New Blog Post 🎉

"Waco is truly blessed to have partnerships around the state that are willing to serve those in need and seek out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. If you see groups of young people around Waco from June 19th-21st feel free to stop and say thank you for their generous service to the residents of Waco."

Read more about this program in our latest blog post!

https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/exterior-home-repair/
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Grassroots Community Development1 month ago
UPDATE 🎉

We are getting even closer to starting on the actual construction of Renaissance at Sanger Heights. The City’s construction crew is making really good progress on their utility and street project. We are very thankful for all of their efforts.

Our plan is to start September 2024 with houses going up the Summer of 2025.

But before we start, we want to say thanks to three different groups that have been extremely important to this project; The City of Waco, Walker Partners and RBDR Architects.

First, the City of Waco, whose foresight in acquiring the site and dedication to community desires laid the foundation. This was the heavy lifting for the project. The effort to acquire the property and develop a plan for development has been very long process. But thanks to many different people at the City we are finally here today.

Second, Walker Partners, led by Jed Walker, invested countless hours and expertise in shaping this endeavor. When you want to build a house, you have to have a strong foundation, water and sewer connections. We reached out to the best engineering group in Waco to help us lay the ground work for building this procket neighborhood. We're grateful for their dedication and the contributions of a countless surveying and engineering hours.

Lastly, RBDR, led by Bernadette Hookham, lent their creative genius to visualize our plans, and the site plan , translating our ideas into tangible designs. All of these colorful pictures that you have seen for Renaissance were designed by the RBDR team. We thank them and their team for their invaluable contributions.

Stay tuned as we begin to change the site and bring a new homeownership concept to Waco.

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