Making multifamily residential properties more energy efficient is a key strategy for reducing the disproportionate energy cost burden facing families on limited incomes. Energy cost burden is the percentage of household income spent on energy bills.
Today, 48 organizations, including 20 affordable housing organizations, signed a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to underscore the importance and their continued support of EmPOWER Maryland, the primary policy driver of utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs.
Reducing energy consumption through energy efficiency is the easiest and most cost-effective means of saving money on utility bills. Since its enactment in 2008, EmPOWER has saved a total of 5.4 million Megwatt-hours (MWh) of electricity and more than $4 billion on consumer energy bills, much of that relief targeted to low-income households.