LADWP’s Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) has upgraded thousands of homes and businesses, saving ratepayers money and reducing the strain on Los Angeles’ energy grid. However, the HEIP program is currently only accessible to property owners, meaning that is is difficult or impossible for renters to access cost- and energy-saving strategies. Typically, renters do not benefit much from existing energy efficiency programs, and this is why RePower LA is pushing to make HEIP better serve renters and multi-family dwellings by expanding the program. The HEIP program should be made easily accessible to low-income renters, including affordable-housing and public housing residents who currently do not have the ability to apply directly, as these are generally the ratepayers most financially burdened by utility costs.
Future priorities will include:
- Participating in the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) coalition, which is working to link the energy and housing sectors together in order to tap the benefits of energy efficiency for millions of low-income families.
- Raise the energy efficiency goal again
- Vouchers instead of rebates for lower-income homeowners and small businesses for larger energy efficiency projects (that HEIP wouldn’t cover)
Click here for more info on HEIP.