By a vote of 246 to 161 the House of Representatives today voted to approve the HOME STAR Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (H.R. 5019), which authorizes creation of a national energy retrofit program for American homeowners.
The program is designed to spur home energy retrofits by providing direct incentives to install American-made, energy-saving products and conduct whole-home retrofits. The legislation would help three million families save an estimated $200-$500 a year on their utility bills, saving homeowners close to ten billion dollars in the next decade.
GreenHomes America applauds the U.S. House on the bipartisan passage of the HOME STAR legislation. HOME STAR would create good American jobs in construction, manufacturing and related industries. It would help American homeowners improve the efficiency of their homes and save money. And it would provide a solid foundation for our country’s energy policy and energy security. We encourage the Senate to act quickly to get the HOME STAR bill to the President’s desk and get our workers back on the job. Until the Senate takes action, though, this is still just a good idea, not reality.
Congratulations to House Republicans and Democrats alike who showed that they can come together for the good of the country–something that hasn’t been easy of late.