One of the best ways to reduce our communities' dependence on dirty-energy technologies is to give people the ability to simply use less energy in our homes -- less for light, heat, hot water, cooking, and all the things we do every day.
Sounds simple, right? But the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) recently killed PACE, the national energy-efficient homes program that let homeowners to pay a little extra property tax in exchange for energy upgrades that make their homes more efficient and keep their electricity and heating costs down.
PACE doesn't just help individual homeowners keep their utility bills under control; it reduces our communities' dependence on dirty energy like the coal-burning power plants that put soot into our air and mercury into our water.
When families have the opportunity to live in energy-efficient homes, we all move one step closer to our goal of clean air and water.