As of 2007, there are almost 300,000 community associations—condominium associations, cooperatives, and homeowners associations—in the United States, representing more than 20 million homes and almost 65 million people. Currently, the average U.S. family spends nearly $1,300 a year on energy bills, with much of that energy being wasted due to air leaks, inefficient appliances and a general lack of attention on this important issue. CAI and the Department of Energy (DOE) are dedicated to educating the community association industry—and the significant portion of the U.S. population it represents—on the many ways to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and thereby reduce both energy consumption and costs. In this report, you will find information on the following areas:
- Retrofitting both existing homes and community structures such as clubhouses. In this section, you will find tips for energy efficiency related to appliances, insulation and weatherization, heating and cooling, landscaping, lighting, and windows.
- Utilizing the increasing support of the “Building Green” movement. In particular, this section focuses on the success of the Department of Energy’s Building America Program and highlights Civano, Arizona—one of the first communities built to be energy efficient through the use of construction improvements and solar energy.
- Gaining ideas from case studies of community associations across the country that have demonstrated success in reducing energy consumption and costs.