Habitat for Humanity builds green
In the 25 years since it was founded, the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity has built 77 homes for low-income families. All of these homes incorporate energy efficiency features, and seven of them were built to LEED Gold and LEED Platinum standards. These high-energy efficiency standards mean that the highest monthly utility bill in these homes is $1.50. In fact, because most of the homes use solar panels provided by PG&E and SMUD, they are able to sell power back to the local utility.
With a zero percent, 30-year mortgage from Habitat for Humanity, families in these homes have little need to worry about rising energy prices–a fantastic achievement for Sacramento’s Habitat for Humanity and the families they serve.