Rebuilding Together has been incorporating green practices into our work and providing green home rehabilitation since our founding.
Home Repair and rehabilitation are inherently green. Through the repairs Rebuilding Together affiliates make, homeowners save money on utility bills, thrive in cleaner home environments and are better able to afford other essential needs.
Rebuilding Together’s Green Housing program provides:
- Energy efficiency- adding insulation, caulking around windows, weather-stripping, adding a water-heater blanket
- Water efficiency- installing aerators in sinks and showers, low-flow or dual flush toilets, fixing leaky faucets
- Resource efficiency- using recycled materials, recycling construction waste, using fewer and less, properly disposing of hazardous waste
- Indoor environmental health- installing exhaust fans, no-VOC paints and finishes, properly ventilating the home, using lead-safe work practices, eliminating mold, pest management, using non-toxic cleaning products
- Homeowner education-helping homeowners understanding the types of repairs made, how to use a new thermostat, the health and safety issues addressed through the repairs
- Smart land use- using native plant species, planting shade trees, planting nontoxic varieties in households with children
The average home produces twice the amount of greenhouse gases as the average car.
Fifteen percent of all greenhouse gases are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.
Low-income households spend an average of 14 percent of their income on energy, versus 3.5 percent of most other households (Department of Energy).