Jeff Bartos is the North American CEO of the Mark Group,a global provider of home energy efficiency solutions. He also is a member of the executive committee of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s real estate affinity group, colloquially known as JFRE.
In his business dealings, Jeff has worked closely with the Philadelphia Electric Company and knew of a PECO program that would help JFRE fulfill its mandate of enabling older adults to age in place and remain connected to their communities.
The PECO Default Service Provider program, or DSP, invests resources in helping low-income residents of multifamily dwellings to replace “energy-guzzling” heating and air-conditioning systems and appliances with more efficient models.
“I thought that this would be a great way for Federation Housing, Inc., to conserve energy and save on their utility bills,” said Jeff, who personally pitched the project to Valeria Bullock, senior business analyst for PECO’s Low Income Usage Reduction Program.
Jeff sat down with Eric Naftulin, executive director and CEO for the housing agency, to determine which facility would reap the most benefits from this program. Together, they looked at past utility bills and selected the Robert Saligman House in Northeast Philadelphia, where more than 180 low-income seniors make their home.