Comfortable, Healthy, and Saving Money: Linking Building Occupants’ Health to Energy Efficiency Programs
Efficiency Vermont collaborated with healthcare partners to demonstrate that energy efficiency programs can also improve health outcomes. Using state and national data sets, project-specific monitoring, and customer-reported health benefits, we identified key health metrics positively affected by improved indoor air quality, updated lighting, and other efficiency projects. This data helps account for the health benefits of energy efficiency programs and services, and can be tracked and quantified by healthcare providers in planning future efficiency projects. This work can also guide efforts to seek long-term sustainable funding from healthcare payers, governmental programs, and other organizations to support initiatives that align health outcomes with energy efficiency.