Making Health Count

TitleMaking Health Count
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsHayes, S, Kubes, C, Gerbode, C
KeywordsEnergy efficiency

• Energy efficiency programs bring both energy savings and the potential for substantial health benefits to participating households.
• The large existing network of in-home energy efficiency programs could be modified to include measures that promote better health outcomes for program participants.
• If existing weatherization programs targeted four common health risks—asthma, falls, and exposure to extreme heat or cold—they could save more than $228 million due to avoided health harms. Those savings could reach $2.9 billion over 10 years.
• Monetized estimates of the health benefits of interventions can be leveraged to enable programmatic changes, help to build partnerships between the energy efficiency and health sectors and attract additional funding for in-home efficiency programs.