Climate Solution #2
Investment in energy efficiency and/or solar for low-income households, including strategically targeting programs to alleviate financial burdens caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
How it works
Buildings and homes that are poorly insulated and use inefficient appliances create high utility costs for residents and contribute significantly to power outages during extreme hot and cold periods.
And low-income households pay a significantly higher percentage of their income on utility bills. Working families in Texas could save up to 25% on their energy costs through insulation and energy efficiency upgrades!
Investing in energy efficiency and building electrification can reduce utility costs for low-income communities while improving air quality and creating good paying jobs. Better energy efficiency policies will make our homes more resilient against future extreme weather events, like the winter storm Uri.
Here is what energy efficiency and electrification policies would look like for Dallas:
- In new construction, strongly incentivize air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction stoves.
- For existing households, implement rebate programs, incentives, and low-cost financing for these technologies, while reducing regressive costs.
- Implement incentives for electric vehicles, programmable thermostats, and ENERGY STAR washer/dryers, dishwashers, and light bulbs.