Education, Economic Development
For low-income homeowners and renters, paying the utility bills every month can become a struggle. Even with assistance from programs such as Erie County Social Services HEAP program, many find paying those bills takes up a large portion of one’s income, decreasing funds available for other necessities. Finding inexpensive ways to decrease utility bills can save money that could be better used elsewhere. One way to reduce utility bills is to conserve energy. Not only does conserving energy lower the costs of utility bills, but it is also beneficial for the environment. This paper will discuss the need for home energy conservation within the City of Buffalo and how a home energy conservation program can be implemented. Specifically, the following topics will be covered: the plight of low-income citizens in Buffalo, an introduction to energy conservation, numerous methods of home energy conservation, and a suggested home energy conservation program that the City should adopt.