US Moves Forward with Raising the Bar for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing

Elizabeth Beardsley, of the U.S. Green Building Council, describes recent action by HUD and the USDA that improves energy efficiency in affordable housing and helps those most in need save money on utility bills. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) took an important step last week—one that … [Read more...]

Rural Utilities to Offer $250 Million in Energy Efficiency Loans

The US Department of Agriculture plans to channel up to $250 million to rural utilities for energy efficiency projects in businesses and homes. "Energy efficiency retrofitting can shrink home energy use by 40 percent, saving money for consumers and helping rural utilities manage their electric load more efficiently," said Agriculture Secretary Tom … [Read more...]

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource … [Read more...]