The COVID-19 pandemic is exacting a dire toll on our lives and our economy. More than 100,000 Americans have died, with many more sickened, and tens of millions have lost their jobs, at least temporarily. Low-income people and communities of color have suffered disproportionately.
As we rebuild the economy equitably and sustainably, energy efficiency will be critical. It will put people back to work, lower our utility bills, protect our health, and help fight climate change. We don’t have to choose between short-term needs and long-term goals. With smart investments in efficiency such as weatherizing low-income homes, we can address both.
We need to protect the more than 2.3 million Americans who work directly on energy efficiency, many of whom are now unemployed. We need to get them back to work once the health crisis subsides so we can continue lowering energy bills and reducing long-term greenhouse gas emissions. We also need to make our homes healthy and comfortable —something efficiency upgrades can achieve.
Here are blog posts on COVID-19 impacts and potential solutions.