HACEP recognizes that its housing operations and the lifestyle of our 20,000 public housing residents have a big impact in terms of energy consumption and waste production in the City of El Paso. Waste in the affordable housing sector is not only detrimental to the environment, but also puts an additional burden on our low-income families, especially the elderly and disabled, who sacrifice other necessities such as food and medical care to meet their monthly energy and rent payments.
HACEP is committed to providing the most affordable housing as possible to our residents, which means we are committed to constructing the most energy efficient units as possible to reduce their operational and maintenance costs during using a total lifecycle cost approach.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
To help the City of El Paso attain is renewable energy goals, HACEP installed seven electric vehicle charging stations at five sites around the City. These stations are designed for cars that use only electricity to travel from point A to point B. Drivers of vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf activate the charging station, plug it in, and after a couple of hours, have enough juice in their battery to continue their journey. These stations are conveniently located at the following public housing sites:
- Eisenhower Community, 5628 Eisenhower, 79924
- HACEP Main Office (2), 5300 East Paisano Drive, 79905
- Paisano Green Community, 4000 East Paisano Drive, 79905
- Tio Cooper, 5301 Suncrest, 79912
- Westfall Community, 10700 Vista del Sol, 79935
- Williams Community, 314 Resler, 79912
Refrigerator Recycling Program
Old refrigerators and freezers waste more energy than many people realize, yet they’re a common feature in many garages where they are kept for extra cold storage. But chilling a few beverages or leftovers comes with a price. Refrigerators and freezers built more than 25 years ago can consume 1,500 kwh a year, compared to just 400 to 500 kwh a year for new models built with superior, energy saving technology. The difference adds up in dollars that households could save — up to $150 a year.
HACEP recycles its old refrigerators through a program operated by the El Paso Electric Company’s appliance recycling program. HACEP receives $30 for each refrigerator, which is then transported to an appliance recycling facility. Hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers are removed and 95 percent of the materials in the appliances are reused in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
Through the annual retirement of the HACEP appliances, approximately 60,000 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to light 47 Texas and New Mexico homes for a month – will be saved.