Catastrophic Bronx Apartment Fire Connects Energy Efficiency with Social Justice
- Jan 12, 2022 11:42 pm GMT
My colleague Gaye Taylor compiled this post for the Wednesday edition of The Energy Mix, observing that the space heater that caused the catastrophic apartment fire in the Bronx over the weekend would not have been needed in only moderately cold weather if the building had been more energy-efficient.
In this case, the cost to be calculated for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day is the loss of 19 lives and counting, including a family of five who'd moved to the U.S. from Gambia more than a decade ago. It's heartbreaking, infuriating, unnecessary...and just underscores the common sense efficiency improvements that we already know we should undertake for climate and cost-saving reasons.
Kudos to Gizmodo for first making the connection from the space heater back to energy efficiency. Taylor compiled that material with accounts of what happened in the building on Sunday. Find the details here.
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