The challenge of alleviating energy poverty remains to be fully addressed. In a "key findings" brief for the Scholars Strategy Network, I suggest three ways restructuring of the processes and procedures of the the two primary low-income energy assistance programs (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance programs) could improve impact and effectiveness.
In 2013, nearly 14 million US households had unpaid utility bills and 2.2 million households had their utilities disconnected. One strategic solution has been to address residential energy efficiency; however, the absence of readily available data on household energy use and efficiency presents and impediment to effectively targeting programs to those most in need. My … Continue reading Study finds spatial, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in energy efficiency
How does your ideal energy mix differ from the actual mix of energy sources your suppliers uses to power your home?
In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as, ARRA, the Recovery Act, or simply the stimulus). Through the Recovery Act, the Energy Department invested more than $31 billion to support a wide range of clean energy projects across the nation -- from investing in the smart grid and … Continue reading Update (Video): Recovery Act’s Clean Energy Revolution
Original story by: Marija B. Vader for the Colorado Springs Business Journal The owner of a new home in the Colorado Springs subdivision, Gold Hill Mesa, filed suit this month against the builder, saying the home is not as energy-efficient as the builder purported. Further, the builder knew the home wasn’t as energy-efficient during the sales process, said … Continue reading Homeowners Sue Builder for Energy Inefficient Home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgnzdrC8AJ8 This video details why it's important to view a house as a system when addressing weatherization and energy efficiency.