The Clinton Climate Initiative’s Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) is the first of a new breed of employer-sponsored “energy benefits” which bring energy efficiency and sustainable practices to the workplace. Employee Energy Benefits are turnkey programs that are delivered in much the same way as voluntary benefit offerings, such as a 401k or Flexible Spending Account. As the pioneer program in this movement, HEAL is primarily designed to lower the employee-participant’s home energy expenses, but future Energy Benefit offerings could target other areas of impact such as commuting/transportation or water conservation.
Employee Energy Benefits are a relatively new concept, having been created by the Clinton Climate Initiative with the introduction of HEAL in 2009. In the brief time that has followed, the HEAL program has been tested robustly across industries of varying sizes, business sectors, and geographies, creating positive impacts for employers, employees, and communities by:
Enhancing Employee Engagement
Increasing Employee Disposable Income
Promoting Economic Resiliency
Stimulating Local Economic Activity
Producing Verifiable Carbon Emissions Reductions