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Clinton Climate Initiative

Energy Efficiency Program

More than one-third of worldwide energy is consumed in buildings, yet studies show that we could reduce that energy use by as much as 30 percent.

Energy use in the global building sector is significant and on the rise. In fact in the United States commercial and residential buildings accounted for over 40 percent of primary energy consumption. Reducing building energy use through energy-efficiency and monitoring strategies can have significant environmental, occupant health and economic impacts; yet achieving energy efficiency at scale in homes and businesses has remained elusive.

The Clinton Climate Initiative works to address barriers to achieving large scale reductions in building energy use globally. We focus our resources on partnerships of purpose with public and private organizations, including corporations, governments, the financial community and other non-profits. Through these partnerships, we foster sustainable models designed to result in significant, measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while enabling economic growth. We design and test innovative market solutions in the commercial and residential building sectors with the goal of developing and scaling these models, nationally and internationally.

Scaling Employer Energy Benefits

The Clinton Climate Initiative is committed to finding solutions of scale in energy efficiency and clean energy for the built environment by developing market-based approaches to the key challenges that inhibit quicker and greater uptake of energy efficiency. Two of the programs through which the Clinton Climate Initiative is impacting markets and lives today are the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) and the Energy Efficiency Finance Accelerator.

Home Energy Affordability Loan Program

We've created an employer-based benefit program that addresses financial and process barriers to residential retrofit projects. The Home Energy Affordability Loan program (HEAL), a Clinton Climate Initiative innovation, is the United States’ first employer-sponsored energy efficiency program, designed to improve quality of life at both the corporate and homeowner levels through energy upgrades of facilities and homes. The HEAL program stimulates economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and drives market transformation by bringing a simplified energy efficiency delivery model to the workplace.

Piloted in Arkansas, the HEAL program facilitates a commercial retrofit to employers’ facilities (when appropriate) and then provides the process by which their employees can make similar energy efficiency improvements in their homes. Employees get an opportunity to receive home energy audits with unique employer-provided or third party financing, repaid through payroll deductions. As employees choose energy efficient home improvements that lower their utility bills, they also reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve household resiliency in ways that can positively impact occupant health outcomes.  

We're currently working with public and private partners to pilot our HEAL program in other states, with the goal of national and international replication.