Sustainable by Design: Increasing Water Efficiency and Reducing Cost in Affordable Housing

2018
|   By
Elevate Energy
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Summary
This case study looks at lessons learned from the Chicago Water-Efficiency Pilot led by Enterprise Community Partners and Elevate Energy. The study demonstrates how investing in water efficiency can cut costs and increase the financial stability of affordable housing developments.
Description

Sustainable by Design: Increasing Water Efficiency and Reducing Cost in Affordable Housing is a case study drawing upon lessons learned from the Chicago Water-Efficiency Pilot. Enterprise Community Partners and Elevate Energy are working to develop solutions that will help affordable housing providers mitigate the impact of increased water rates.

Findings from the pilot suggest that affordable housing providers can benefit greatly from comprehensive water-efficiency improvements. Based on the housing surveyed, implementing the recommended upgrades and repairs would save about 22 percent in water and sewer charges, or more than $20,500 per property over five years.

The initial findings suggest that water-efficiency efforts can help financially stabilize properties and ensure financial viability for housing providers in the face of rate increases. The study cites key takeaways to address rising water costs for housing providers, environmental service organizations, funders and policymakers.

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