Nowhere is there a greater need for energy efficiency than in low-income housing. Low-income households have a higher energy burden. That is, they spend a much larger percentage of their income on energy costs than the average household, in part because their homes are not as efficient as they could be. Low-income households pay more for utilities per square foot, suggesting that a good portion of their energy burden can be attributed to poor efficiency in homes.
Energy code requirements can help residents save energy and money by ensuring that new buildings are designed efficiently from the start, and that alterations meet energy efficiency standards.