Thurston Energy was proud to be a part of the “Healthy Energy Improvements for Rental Homes” Symposium on February 13, 2014, which attracted more than 85 people to join the discussion. Read about the event in The Olympian here.
What will it take to get more rental homes improved in terms of their energy performance and their healthfulness? That was the topic of the day. It’s not an obvious answer, because typically the landlord pays for improvements and the renters enjoy the benefits. Several big ideas came out, and lay the ground work for future progress:
Education and Awareness Building – Both renters and owners would benefit from more awareness and understanding of how buildings work as a system, and how improvements to energy efficiency can also lead to improvements in the health of occupants.
Incentives and Financing – Utility rebates, tax incentives and low interest loans all decrease the cost of energy improvements and make them more affordable.
Better Information Before Leasing – Renters would choose more healthy and more energy efficient housing options if they were able to identify and find them during the search and consideration phase. Therefore, it will be critical to give distinction to those properties so that potential renters can find and choose them.
Over the next few months, Thurston Energy will be working with our partners more on this issue.