HUD No. 05-148
| For Release
October 21, 2005
HUD OFFERS FREE ENERGY SAVING SEMINARS IN BOSTON, CHICAGO AND DENVER
Courses designed to lower high winter heating bills in HUD-assisted properties
WASHINGTON - It's nearly winter and with the onset of colder temperatures comes increased home heating bills. To help drive down these costs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced it is offering a series of free energy-saving seminars in Boston, Chicago and Denver that are designed to help building managers, maintenance staff, mechanical engineers and architects to operate more energy-efficient apartment buildings.
The energy seminars are part of HUD's Energy Action Plan, a wide-ranging 21-point program approved by HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson to save energy in public housing and other HUD-assisted properties. The Energy Action Plan is aimed at upgrading the energy efficiency of existing housing by using an established inventory of proven products and appliances that can immediately be put to work through consumer education and outreach, market-based incentives, and public-private partnerships.
"Utility costs are the largest single housing expense after food and shelter for lower income families," explained Darlene Williams, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. "While these costs are often overlooked, they account for 14 percent or more of some families annual incomes and nearly one-fourth of their total housing costs. When you combine rent and utility payments, many low-income families find it extremely difficult to afford the homes they live in."
A team of building and energy experts will lead these seminars, offering participants a top-to-bottom energy analysis of multi-family housing units including: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; water usage; lighting, appliance and electrical usage; hot water systems; and building envelopes.
The following is the schedule of HUD's seminars:
- October 25 in Boston at Mass Housing on One Beacon Street
- November 1, 2005 in Chicago at the Metcalf Federal Building on 77 West Jackson Blvd.
- November 8 in Denver at the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority on 1981 Blake Street.
Williams added, "With a little awareness of common energy problems and the proper use of existing technologies and management practices, we can significantly reduce utility costs. No family should have to decide whether to pay the rent or heat their home this winter."
To register for the free seminars, call Cecily Channell at (212) 564-5800, ext. 13 or by email.
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