Reducing the Energy Burden in the Southeast: Tackling Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing

When temperatures drop in the Southeast – as occurred this past week – many residents turn up their thermostat to stay warm and comfortable. Unfortunately, this is not a luxury that all can afford.  For low-income households, including multifamily households, the proportion of household income spent on energy – their energy burden – can be up to three times as much as higher-income households. Low-income households tend to live in less energy-efficient homes, and while increased energy burdens can affect these households year round, extreme temperatures in the winter and summer can result in a high energy burden for those that can least afford it. One of the best ways to reduce this energy burden is by targeting multifamily buildings with energy efficiency investments. SACE has been working with partners throughout the Southeast – including Advanced Energy, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) – to bring the region’s multifamily stakeholders together and work towards solutions to reduce the energy burden for low-income and multifamily households.