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How Does Housing Affect Energy Efficiency?

An Evidence Brief

Residential buildings consume substantial amounts of energy, contributing to environmental concerns and climate change. The International Energy Agency has lauded improved residential energy efficiency as one of the most cost-effective mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Improved energy efficiency reduces greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, especially for families with low incomes who face the double burden of high costs for housing and energy.

Lowering the energy costs of families with low incomes will help to free up their resources to minimize trade-offs between keeping their homes at a comfortable temperature or paying for food, medical care and shelter.

The latest evidence brief published by Habitat for Humanity International discusses the impact improving energy efficiency in residential construction can have on the stability of the lives of people in low income households.

Click below to read the full brief.

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