A bit of great news reported by David Worthington on SmartPlanet today; Home energy retrofits reduce healthcare costs.
“Wegowise, a start-up that identifies energy efficient homes by analyzing utility data, has partnered with a national non-profit to upgrade low-income housing around Baltimore, Maryland. A recent pilot project produced an unforeseen result: emergency room visits among residents who were helped fell by 67 percent.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that buildings in the U.S. waste an average of 20 percent of the US$400 billion plus that’s spent on energy annually, but not every building owner has the same resources to eliminate waste. Homes that aren’t sufficiently weatherized can be hazardous to health. WegoWise and Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national non-profit, are partnering to help economically disadvantaged families fix weatherization issues that negatively impact their household budgets and lives.”
Yes, better indoor air quality and consistent temperatures do help your health!
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