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.
After the statues come down, let's build a more equitable society
This Op-Ed appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on August 8, 2020. Dawone Robinson is the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic director of energy affordability at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He manages EEFA’s Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region.
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