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HUD And DOE To Sign Letter Asking Companies To Make Energy And Water Data Available For Multifamily Properties

Leaders of three federal agencies such as HUD, DOE, and EPA join forces to get data that will facilitate green upgrades to the nation’s housing stock.

January 25, 2024

Washington– The leaders of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Energy (DOE), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a joint letter asking the utility companies to make energy and water use data available to the owners of multifamily properties so that it can eliminate barriers to energy efficiency improvements for families living in Multifamily housing.

HUD’s Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “Thanks to the President’s Inflation Reduction Act, we are investing billions in much-needed energy efficiency upgrades at the properties where many of our most vulnerable populations call home. To do that, we need to provide the properties we serve with accurate data. Today, we join the DOE and EPA to ask utility companies to help us by making information available on energy and water usage for all.”

DOE’s Home Energy Rebates will be helping American households save billions of dollars on their energy bills and make it easier to install upgrades.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said, “Under President Biden’s leadership, we’re seeing a historic transition to clean energy across the entire economy. Thanks to leaders like Secretary Fudge and Secretary Granholm, this transition includes our nation’s housing, leading to a reduction in household pollution and resulting in significant cost savings for families. There’s more work to be done, especially for the communities that have been left behind for far too long. This joint effort will provide improved critical energy data, creating brighter, more efficient homes, and further reducing costs, ensuring we can build a sustainable future for all.”

Multifamily properties, housing over 19 million low-income households, represent more than 15 percent of all U.S. households. Upgrading these properties for utility conservation can substantially cut energy and water costs. The Inflation Reduction Act has enabled the Biden-Harris Administration to allocate over $6.6 billion for enhancing energy and water efficiency in U.S. multifamily properties, thereby reducing costs. This funding supports programs such as HUD’s Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) and the Department of Energy’s Home Efficiency Rebate Program.

The owners of Multifamily properties need access to complete energy use data for their buildings to maximize the impact of these investments. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidance and individualized support to utilities on offering whole-building energy data to owners.

Utility companies will facilitate cost-effective investments in the communities they serve by championing the availability of whole-building utility data access.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD, DOE, EPA Sign Joint Letter Asking Utility Companies to Make Energy and Water Usage Data Available for Multifamily Properties”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, January 25, 2024,
HUD, DOE, EPA Sign Joint Letter Asking Utility Companies to Make Energy and Water Usage Data Available for Multifamily Properties | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021