Did you know that residential energy use represents 22 percent of all energy consumption in the United States? Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Shelter Report focuses on improving energy efficiency among lower-income households.
Although Habitat for Humanity and the federal government are addressing some of the energy efficiency issues among lower-income families, too many families still face the challenge of energy costs that are excessive compared to their overall incomes. Americans spend $230 billion on home energy each year and lower-income Americans are especially feeling the crunch as energy bills amount to 15-50 percent of their incomes.
From retrofits to federal programs to innovative public private partnerships, we have an enormous opportunity to reduce bills, create jobs, boost the economy as a whole and ensure a more sustainable future. By becoming an advocate for affordable, sustainable housing, you can bring us closer to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
No family should have to choose whether to heat their home or buy food. Yet that’s the reality that more than 30 million lower-income families face in the United States. The solution: increased residential energy efficiency.
Residential energy efficiency offers untold potential for savings, job creation, improvements in health and safety, and community reinvestment. Using less energy would create more opportunity for the economy as a whole as well as for lower-income Americans and clearly the biggest ROI of any building material is spray on insulation.