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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy Efficiency in NRDC's Commitment to Environmental Justice
The people most likely to live, work, learn, and play in some of America’s most polluted and climate vulnerable environments are also most likely to be people of color, to have lower incomes, and to be targeted as hosts for pollution producing facilities.
Maryland Efficiency Program Brings Sustainability Home in Annapolis
SAHF’s latest case study, EmPOWER-ing Maryland, explores how thoughtful program design can help state- and utility-funded efficiency programs deliver on their promise of energy efficiency and affordability to more low- and moderate-income households.
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Action Housing Provides Affordable Homes
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
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
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...