The Issue: Family Budgets Strained by Energy Costs
Habitat for Humanity reports that low-income families in Atlanta often spend more than 15% of their income on energy to operate their homes. However, energy-efficient improvements can help cut those costs by more than 40%. According to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy’s Energy Star program, an Energy Star–certified water heater can save the average household almost $300 per year. Instead paying for energy, low-income families can use that money for mortgage payments, transportation, and food, and very low-income households can use it to avoid receiving ongoing subsidies.
The Campaign: Funding an Energy-Efficient Water Heater
If this Grassroots campaign raises $700, then Habitat for Humanity of Colorado can purchase an energy-efficient water heater for one of its newly built houses. Energy-efficient water heaters emit less carbon dioxide and reduce the household’s electricity consumption. By reducing overall consumption, it can lower a family’s monthly utility bills and keep them on the path to self-sufficiency. Each additional $700 raised will fund an energy-efficient water heater for another house.
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Habitat for Humanity of Colorado
The first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Colorado sprouted up in 1979 with the purpose of building simple, affordable homes for low-income families and spreading a sense of community. Since then, 28 more affiliates have strapped on their tool belts and joined in. In 2008, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado built its 1,000th home, sparking a campaign to build 1,000 more in the next three years.
When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, it enlists the help of the family who will be living there. They dedicate their time and sweat to completing the project alongside volunteers, neighbors, donors, churches, and other supporters, engendering a spirit of renewal and togetherness. Once they move in, families pay a no-interest mortgage with monthly payments based on 25% of their income. These payments go into a revolving fund that promotes the construction of more homes.
550 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 150
Lakewood, Colorado 80226