Habitat for Humanity: 2015 Shelter Report
Did you know that residential energy use represents 22 percent of all energy consumption in the United States? Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Shelter Report focuses on improving energy efficiency among lower-income households.
Although Habitat for Humanity and the federal government are addressing some of the energy efficiency issues among lower-income families, too many families still face the challenge of energy costs that are excessive compared to their overall incomes. Americans spend $230 billion on home energy each year and lower-income Americans are especially feeling the crunch as energy bills amount to 15-50 percent of their incomes.
From retrofits to federal programs to innovative public private partnerships, we have an enormous opportunity to reduce bills, create jobs, boost the economy as a whole, and ensure a more sustainable future. By becoming an advocate for affordable, sustainable housing, you can bring us closer to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.