Help 50 low-income families in Puerto Rico save energy and the environment. Low-income families in PR, as in many U.S. states, often rely on dated and energy inefficient government housing. Families renting on fixed incomes are subjected to high, unaffordable utility bills making it difficult to improve the families' living situation. This project offers families an opportunity to reduce their utility bills by providing energy efficient solutions and energy saving tips.
The problem is both local and global. Global climate change poses a risk to our environment and all of us who depend on it. Puerto Rico's power generation produces some of the highest levels of carbon emissions per kilowatt-hour in the US and its territories. Puerto Rico also has an unemployment rate that is nearly double that of the US. Focusing our project here ensures that we can create the most social, economic and environmental impact.
This project will reduce carbon emissions while serving the local Puerto Rican community to improve their social, economic and environmental well-being. By swapping out inefficient shower heads, sink aerators and light bulbs each family will save 15% on monthly utility bills, helping them save money, reducing their environmental impact and improving their quality of life.
The long-term impact of this project reduces the environmental strain on Puerto Rico's natural resources, while improving the living situations of low-income families. Natural resources saved such as water and energy will help create a stronger, more resilient community over time. This creates less reliance on imported, dirty, coal for electricity production and saves the limited freshwater resources of the island.