Two dominant and closely related problems the world faces today are the lack of uncertainty in energy supply on the one hand, and environmental pollution and climate change as a result of excessive energy consumption on the other hand. One of the ways to reduce negative impacts and positively influence sustainable development is the efficient use of energy. Energy efficiency makes us less vulnerable to energy shortages, reduces pollution and directly affects the improvement of living conditions.
Residential Energy Efficiency for Low Income Households (REELIH) is a project implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2013 by Habitat for Humanity International in cooperation with Enova Consultants & Engineers, local consultancy company, with the financial support from USAID. REELIH is the first project in Bosnia and Herzegovina aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the residential sector, while reducing energy consumption and emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere. Given the complex economic and social situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which largely restricts the implementation of appropriate energy efficiency measures, a special focus of the project is to assist households with low incomes in improving their standard of living through establishment of a sustainable financial model.
The main focus of the project is the people. People’s lives are taking place at the local level. That is why the energy efficiency measures are best implemented at the local level and thus directly affect the quality of life of individuals in society. All our efforts are focusing on combatting energy poverty so that families should get warmer homes and save money on their heating bills as a result of the retrofitting of their buildings.
In order to share experience gained in contacts with various stakeholders both at the national and European level, we have decided to launch a corresponding website to encourage further exchange of experience among all relevant stakeholders in the residential energy efficiency. The website will provide homeowner associations and other stakeholders with practical information on how to commence the implementation of certain energy efficiency measures.