Federal energy efficiency programs and funding are on the chopping block for budget cuts in 2017 and 2018. Low income folks are more at risk from these budget cuts as HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) will be cut by 6.2 billion dollars, a cut of 13%. Communities will lose funding they need to repair and build affordable homes as funding will be eliminated for the Weatherization Assistance Program and HUD Community Development Block grants. Thousands of skilled construction and weatherization jobs will be eliminated–jobs that provided a living wage to many residents in rural communities.
Rural folks will be severely impacted by budget cuts to important programs, including the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions grants, which helps rural electric co-ops finance energy efficiency and other cost-saving measures for residents they serve. Small business will also lose out on financial help with energy efficiency upgrades as funding for the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development budget will be slashed.
Energy efficiency programs help to save low income residents money, and provide respectable, permanent jobs to local workers. Please join NC SAVE$ ENERGY to advocate for protecting critical energy efficiency funding! Contact your Congressional Representative today, and tell them that you don’t agree with the budget cuts that will impact energy efficiency programs! Use this to find your Representative’s contact info: (http://whoismyrepresentative.com/)
This information is based on a blog post by ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy), linked here: http://aceee.org/blog/2017/03/energy-efficiency-budget-cuts-could. ACEEE is a nonprofit organization that focuses on advancing energy efficiency policies, programs and technologies.
We are revitalizing the NC SAVE$ ENERGY Alliance to advocate for protecting and restoring funding and programs for the most cost-effective, job-creating and environmentally just energy spending of all—ENERGY EFFICIENCY for homes, institutional buildings and businesses!