SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Affordable housing residents in Sunnyside are saving money--and the environment. Elvira Guerrero and her family are among that group, and they are able to lower their energy bills through their appliances.
The Guerrero's moved into their new house, built through Catholic Charities Housing Service, in September. Homes built in their neighborhood include energy efficient appliances with the Energy Star label. When the homes are built.. A third party checks that the appliances exceed the state energy code. It's up to the family to keep track of their bills.. If the costs seem high.. They can report it to the property workers.
"The best benefit that I have noticed is the reduction on my power bills. I have noticed a big difference from renting a mobile home to this house," Guerrero said through a translator. Guerrero and her husband are able to better take care of their family with the money saved. Their children benefit as well. They say they enjoy little things such as the space outside to run and play. In 2010 CCHS built 12 Energy Star qualified homes.