Subsidized Housing: Hot Spot For Energy Savings

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Leaky windows, ancient refrigerators, electric heat — they're all energy sucks, and they're common in low-income, subsidized housing units, creating needlessly high energy bills for those who are already having trouble making ends meet.

A new report (PDF) from a Boston nonprofit consumer group says the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development could save $1 billion in energy spending, in part by replicating programs at the Boston and Massachusetts Housing Authorities.

We talk with the report's author about what HUD is and isn't doing to reduce energy in publicly subsidized housing.


  • Charlie Harak, senior attorney for the Energy Project at the National Consumer Law Center
  • Stockton Williams, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development

This program aired on September 1, 2010.


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