Recently, the leaders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Energy announced a joint letter asking for the nation’s leading utility companies to make energy and water use data freely available to the owners of multifamily properties to eliminate barriers to funds and rebates for energy efficiency improvements for families who live in multifamily assisted housing. 

Multifamily properties are home to more than 19 million low-income households – over 15 percent of all U.S. households. Upgrades to these properties targeting utility conservation could significantly reduce energy and water costs. Under the Inflation Reduction Act, more than $6.6 billion in funding for U.S. multifamily properties is available to improve energy and water efficiency and lower costs. This includes programs like HUD’s Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) and DOE’s Home Efficiency Rebate Program.

To maximize the impact of these investments, owners of multifamily properties need access to complete energy use data for their buildings – data that many utility companies currently fail to share. EPA offers Guidance for Utilities on Providing Whole-Building Energy Data, as well as one-on-one support to utilities interested in making this data available to owners.

By championing the availability of whole-building utility data access, utility companies will facilitate cost-effective investments in the communities they serve. See the full letter sent to major utility companies today.

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