Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County works with low- to moderate-income families from all walks of life to provide quality, sustainable affordable housing. The organization is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its leadership in providing energy-efficient, affordable homes to lower-income families by constructing ENERGY STAR qualified homes. Key accomplishments include:
· Building eight new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR in 2010 for a total of 22 qualified homes since 2008.
· Updating two existing homes to be more energy efficient by installing products that have earned the ENERGY STAR, such as refrigerators, ceiling fans, and clothes washers.
· Making a commitment to construct 100 percent of its homes to qualify for the ENERGY STAR.
· Lowering the average monthly household utility bill of housing clients to under $50, or less than 20 percent of the average monthly mortgage payment.