Lifting the Burden of Energy-Inefficient and Unhealthy Homes

March/April 2012
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2012
American taxpayers needlessly lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year in medical bills, skyrocketing energy costs, and lost wages due to inefficient and unhealthy housing conditions. Thanks to years of disinvestment in low-income neighborhoods, combined with a fractured system of program delivery and coordination, six million families have been confined to unhealthy and energy inefficient homes, placing them at risk for illnesses and injuries, including asthma, trip-and-fall accidents, and respiratory illnesses. (Data from the American Housing Survey, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2007.) Hardest hit by environmental health hazards in the home are children and the elderly.

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