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\"Despite clear economic and environmental gains from investment in the efficiency of our homes and businesses, few people are adopting efficiency measures. The benefits of these measures include saving energy and money, making home ownership more affordable by lowering energy bills, reducing waste of scarce resources, increasing the value of existing buildings through upgrades, and reducing emissions. For the community as a whole, expanding this work can stimulate the economy and put people to work in good paying jobs. But efficiency-program uptake has been low even where generous rebates and loan programs are in place. On average, efficiency programs offered by utility companies are reaching less than 0.1 percent of all customers in their service territory.\"State: All States, Ohio•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: Policy Matters Ohio•Policy: Environment, Economic Equality, Energy, Housing
On-bill financing and on-bill repayment are two ways to enable consumers and businesses to finance energy-efficiency upgrades. These approaches work best when supported by other pieces of the puzzle, such as well-informed contractors and rebates that provide incentives to undertake upgrades.State: All States, Ohio•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: Policy Matters Ohio•Policy: Environment, Economic Equality, Energy
Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these approaches help grow the local economy.State: All States, Ohio•Type: Policy Brief or Report, Model Law•Source: Policy Matters Ohio•Policy: Environment, Energy
Live-near-your-work policies can benefit all stakeholders: shorter commute times and lowered housing costs save time and money for employees; improved employee morale, productivity, and retention reduce turnover and training costs for employers; communities can see better air quality, less urban sprawl and decreased traffic congestion.State: All States, Ohio•Type: Policy Brief or Report, Model Law•Source: Policy Matters Ohio•Policy: Job Quality, Family, Housing, Transportation and Mobility, Governance