Energy monitoring is an easy way to begin the process of cutting down on energy usage. Most homeowners monitor their energy use through their utilities or through third-party programs, but those that live in and operate affordable housing may not have access to these methods. Now, Chicago-based nonprofit Elevate Energy and Boston-based nonprofit New Ecology are working to make energy monitoring available to affordable housing applicants in seven states.

"The groups are looking for owners and managers of affordable housing multifamily properties with five or more units that serve households earning no more than 80% of the area median income in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The owners and managers must have at least one year of past utility records.

The owners and managers will receive a free one-year subscription of WegoWise, an online tool that benchmarks energy and water usage."

Learn more about the program and see how to enroll over at Affordable Housing Finance.