Results achieved to date by EEFA partners
Powerful coalitions of affordable housing, health, energy, environmental, and community leaders drive changes in policy and practice to ensure that all renters live in homes that are affordable and healthy.
What We Do
Energy Efficiency for All unites people from diverse sectors and backgrounds to collectively make multifamily affordable homes energy and water efficient. We do this work so people in under-invested communities – particularly black, Latinx, and other communities of color – who have been marginalized can equitably benefit from the health, economic, and environmental advantages of energy and water efficiency. Reducing energy and water use in affordable multifamily housing will improve the quality of life for millions, preserve affordable housing across the country, reduce the energy burden on those who feel it the hardest, and cut carbon pollution.
How We Do It
EEFA builds power to change policies and practices by seeding and supporting coalitions in 12 states. State coalitions include a variety of housing, health, energy efficiency, environmental, and community advocacy organizations that have not typically worked together in the past. Only in collaboration can we solve the complex challenges that limit people’s access to affordable and healthy homes.
EEFA supports these coalitions by providing coaching, training and funding; coordinating coalition activities; conducting research; and providing coalition-building and technical expertise. EEFA produces and shares resources to help interested individuals and organizations tackle the roadblocks to energy efficiency and affordable housing in their own communities.
Together, our coalition partners work to ensure that utility, state, local, and federal entities provide equitable investment to improve the efficiency of affordable multifamily homes; advance proven best practices in efficiency program design and implementation to help meet the needs of affordable housing building owners and residents; and advocate for policy solutions to ensure that non-toxic, healthy building materials are used in all home improvements.
We also created the Network for Energy, Water and Health in Affordable Housing (NEWHAB) as a platform for coalition members and diverse sector leaders to convene, learn from one another, and develop collective solutions to increase access to healthy and affordable homes.
Why We Focus on Multifamily Affordable Housing
Affordable multifamily homes are the least likely type of housing to have efficiency upgrades. Energy efficiency improvements in multifamily homes can reduce energy-related expenses, cut energy waste, and protect the health of residents.
Our work primarily helps communities and families that spend upward of 20 percent of their income on energy, a burden that is unsustainable for these communities and generally missing from our energy policy conversation. These families are getting less and paying more. We work to ensure everyone experiences their fair share of energy efficiency benefits.