Imagine trying to take a warm shower — but you can’t. Trying to keep your home below 90 degrees — but you can’t. Trying to turn on your lights — but you can’t. For our neighbors living with a High Energy Burden, these are realities that they can face at a moment’s notice.
Chances are you have not heard of RETI — The Renewable Energy Transition Initiative — or High Energy Burden for that matter, so we’ll start with the basics.
A High Energy Burden is defined as a household spending more than 10 percent of their annual income on energy utilities.
Dealing with a High Energy Burden puts a greater risk on already vulnerable populations, such as, minorities, renters and those living in older housing stock. High Energy Burdens impose serious health, financial and emotional burdens on millions of Americans. That is what our team at RETI is working hard to change.
This issue is at the heart of our organization. It is a burden that we work to sustainably eliminate by using the ideals of energy transition: creating stable economies by means of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development. But let’s go beyond the jargon.
Our goal is to increase insights and spark conversation. To inspire communities to venture into the intersect of environmental and social justice, exploring equity along the way.
We will be curating stories from around the United States (and the world) to showcase High Energy Burdens, its impact, and energy heroes working to address these injustices. We understand that time is valuable and thank you for each second you spend on our site.
Let’s keep the conversation going. If there are any topics you want to read about or have explained please reach out. This is as much your journey as it is ours.
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