HOMES Act Will Save Homeowners Energy, Money
Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) re-introduced the Home Owners Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act, H.R. 2127, yesterday marking a step forward in bi-partisan leadership on energy policy.
"Efficiency First applauds Representatives McKinley and Welch for their bi-partisan support of the home performance industry," said Brian Bovio, Chair of Efficiency First and Vice President of Bovio Advance Comfort & Energy Solutions in New Jersey. "As a home performance contractor I see Americans struggle everyday with their inefficient homes. The HOMES Act will not only save homeowners money on their utility bills and make them more comfortable but it will provide an incentive where it is earned—from the energy savings."
"The HOMES Act is a win-win-win, putting contractors back to work doing high-quality retrofits for American homeowners and saving energy and money, while reducing environmental impact. I appreciate the leadership of Efficiency First in crafting this bill which will establish high standards for home performance retrofits and will yield measurable energy savings for home owners across the country," said Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL).
The bill would create a home performance-based rebate program that would provide an incentive to homeowners (or contractors if they transfer the rebate) based on predicted energy savings up to $8,000 for a 50% energy performance improvement. The bill emphasizes a technology-neutral approach based on performance with a quality assurance requirement. The HOMES Act was first introduced in the 112th Congress.
Kara Saul Rinaldi has more than a dozen years of experience in advocacy strategy development, lobbying and media relations. She is currenlty in charge of government affairs at Efficiency First.
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