According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, the Clean Power Plan will likely boost energy efficiency for those living in affordable housing. The plan is set to limit the amount of carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of pollution.
The plan has created the Clean Energy Incentive program to provide additional incentives to states that begin early investments in energy efficiency and renewable sources, especially in low-income communities.
Low-income homeowners suffer from more exposure to toxins within the atmosphere than others. Constant climate change often causes these issues, with unstable weather patterns and the potency of chemicals in the air being affected as well.
Poor ventilation in a home can cause homes to be drafty, especially in the fall and winter when the weather becomes cooler. Due to this, many families are left to suffer the elements, with the cold causing them to heat their homes in an unsafe manner, use non-efficient appliances and reside in overall poorly constructed buildings.
The Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) project is working to make a change for those families that rely on affordable housing. By partnering with many other organizations including the National Housing Trust, National Housing Conference and the Natural Resources Defense Council, change is beginning to occur.
A recent study found that multifamily affordable housing complexes could cut electricity by as much as 26 percent, reducing carbon reduction by 6 to 11 percent in places such as Maryland, New York and Virginia.
Virginia is one of the few states that has already asked for development input from state implementation plans for better energy efficiency.
If you're interested in learning more about energy efficiency or would like to make changes in your home, schedule an audit with Alban Inspections today.