Innovative financing spurs energy efficiency in rural communitiesGreenBiz, January 20, 2014
Those of us from rural areas know the special beauty of natural landscapes — and we know the challenges of living in sparsely populated regions. Rural areas have higher rates of poverty and economic disparity, lower per-capita income and disproportionate elderly and veteran populations when compared to more urban areas.
Rural homes and commercial buildings tend to be older and less energy-efficient, and more than half of all manufactured homes are in rural communities. Many homes lack adequate insulation, weather stripping around windows and other basic improvements that reduce energy use and add dollars to household budgets.