Low-income Americans are often faced with a tough choice: buy groceries for the family, or pay disproportionally high utility bills. In the wake of a nationwide housing and financial crisis, the situation of low-income households in the U.S. has become precarious. Yet superefficiency can help reduce cost burdens on these households and on the agencies and organizations that provide housing to them.
Currently residential buildings in the U.S. use 38 percent of total electricity and account for one-fifth of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions. Astonishingly, public housing uses nearly 40 percent more energy per square foot than private housing. In 2008 alone, Public Housing Authorities spent almost $1.6 billion in direct utility payments, accounting for almost 27 percent of their annual operating budgets.
RMI’s Superefficient Housing initiative (SHI) is addressing this issue by collaborating with energy efficiency leaders to build healthy, cost-effective, and comfortable low-income housing units that save at least 60 percent of energy costs.
Watch the video from Thursday, November 15 of our Google hangout about our work to make affordable housing more efficient, selected by RMI’s National Solutions Council as the sponsored initiative for 2012.
During the hangout, you’ll hear from:
James Brew, RMI principal
Alexis Karolides, RMI principal
David Allen, NSC Chair and RMI Trustee
We'll also be taking questions from our audience via Twitter and email. Send your questions to @RockyMtnInst using the hashtag #efficientaffordablehousing or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The easiest way to watch this exciting discussion as it unfolds is to simply bookmark this page. We'll be streaming the conversation right here starting at 11:00 a.m. (MST) on November 15.
Alternatively, you can:
1. Go to RMI's YouTube page and click on the Feed tab.
2. Watch on RMI's Google+ page. (You must be a Google+ member and follow RMI's page on Google+.)
RMI’s National Solutions Council
The National Solutions Council brings together friends of Rocky Mountain Institute who are committed to understanding, supporting, and promoting RMI’s work to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. Each year, NSC members select a scope of work to support by directing a portion of their contribution to a related project.
An annual gift of $1,500 or more includes membership to the National Solutions Council and supports RMI’s work in the four energy-intensive sectors: buildings, transportation, industry, and electricity. Learn more
Leaking Energy and Money from Affordable Housing