Building collective power to ensure that all renters live in homes that are affordable and healthy

Achieving Energy Efficiency for All Renters

Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) connects climate, health, and equity by bringing energy efficiency to affordable housing. More than 200,000 renters have benefitted from energy efficiency because of the advocacy of EEFA partners. Learn more about how EEFA builds power to ensure that all renters live in homes that are affordable and healthy.

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Our Issues

We all have the right to a secure and healthy home and a clean and safe environment, but those seemingly basic rights are out of reach for millions of Americans. Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) unites people from diverse sectors and backgrounds, including housing, energy efficiency, environmental, health, and community leaders, to collectively make multifamily homes healthy and affordable through energy and water efficiency.

Betty Arnez found it difficult to get by with high energy bills before efficiency upgrades were made to her apartment. Photo by Marcela Gara, Resource Media.

Energy efficient and affordable homes remain out of reach for millions of Americans, spurred on by flawed energy and housing policies. Our advocacy and organizing persuade local, state and federal officials to deliver more equitable policies.

The challenges that inhibit access to affordable and healthy homes are complex and require cooperative and interdisciplinary solutions. EEFA supports collaboration across both state and national efforts to learn together and develop collective solutions.

Energy efficiency improves indoor air quality and protects residents from harmful weather. The use of non-toxic building materials in energy retrofits protects residents, installers, and the broader community from exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Utility bills can comprise one-fifth of operating expenses of multifamily buildings. Savings via energy and water efficiency upgrades allow housing providers to replenish their reserves, address deferred maintenance, and increase resident services.

Energy efficiency is beneficial for both owners and residents of affordable housing. EEFA promotes proven best practices in program design and implementation to help administrators meet the needs of building owners and residents.

The share of income that black, Latinx, renters, and rural households spend on energy is far greater than for other households. Energy efficiency improvements can significantly cut or eliminate the excess energy burden experienced by these households.

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EEFA State Campaigns

EEFA builds power to change local policies and practices by seeding and supporting state-based coalitions of industry, advocates, and community-based partners who pool their resources and expertise to achieve common goals specific to their state.

EEFA National Initiatives

EEFA engages in several cross-cutting initiatives aimed at supporting our advocacy and organizing efforts. Initiatives convene interdisciplinary, cross-sector networks and teams to tackle complex issues collaboratively.

What would you do if the heat index in your home reached 113 degrees?

Energy Efficient Maryland is urging the Maryland General Assembly to set a goal of 1% energy savings for low-income households in Maryland.

Why Affordable Housing Matters for Environmental Protection

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joins the list of organizations calling for federal action to address the nation’s housing crisis. We cannot adequately tackle the dual crises of climate change and housing affordability in silos.

Energy inefficiency disproportionately hurts low-income Baltimoreans

Op-ed in the Baltimore Sun calls on Maryland leaders to adopt a goal of achieving 1% annual energy savings for low-income Maryland households.

Seeding Energy Innovation at Minnesota’s Housing Finance Agency

Thoughtful, strategic investment in the capacity of housing finance agencies can yield huge dividends. That has certainly been the case with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (“Minnesota Housing”)

Action Housing Provides Affordable Homes

Pennsylvania

Action Housing provides affordable homes throughout Pennsylvania. Stories from residents speak to how affordable and sustainable homes provides opportunity to those in need.

Weatherization Assistance Program Success Story

Maryland

Her largest utility bill was once $500. Now it’s $150. A mother from Baltimore, Maryland talks about how her and her children benefited from energy efficiency upgrades through the Weatherization...

Keeping Bradford Apartments Affordable through Energy Efficiency

Maryland

Bradford Apartments was built in 1974. Outdated and inefficient building systems have caused high energy bills for residents. A grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Develo...