Healthy Homes

Importance of a Green & Healthy Home
Health Fact
Nearly 6 million households live with moderate to severe home health and safety hazards, which place them at-risk for illnesses and injuries including asthma; lead poisoning; slip and falls; and respiratory illnesses.

Financial Fact
Low-income households typically spend 14% of their total income on energy costs compared with 3.5% for other households.

Health & Financial Costs

Far too many American homes don't meet basic healthy homes principles - dry, clean, ventilated, free from pests and contaminants, well-maintained and safe. This costs our country billions of dollars annually in housing-related healthcare costs for asthma, lead-based paint poisoning and injury, as well as lost productivity in the labor force.

Besides the physical health toll an at-risk home can have on its inhabitants (thousands of unnecessary emergency visits annually due to housing related accidents and illness), the monetary costs of unhealthy homes are enormous.

There are many low-cost green interventions that can be performed to enhance comfort and reduce utility costs for residents. Some interventions, such as filling in holes that harbor rodents as part of an integrated pest management strategy, not only make the unit healthier for residents but also enhance the structural integrity of the property, making it more energy efficient to heat and cool.

Illness in the Home
Hidden toxins and safety hazards in your home can easily go unnoticed until it's too late. Find out if your home has any warning signs. Take the assessment if you feel that your family is at risk.