Speaking to the Efficiency First California Chapter, Brett Knox (of GreenHomes America) recommended that home performance retrofitters offer discounted audits to their local, state and federal government officials. These officials understand whole-house performance concepts with the benefit of a demonstration (remember freebies aren't allowed). An example of this on-the-job approach to educating government officials is given by Rich Manning, a Long Island home performance contractor, writing in the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Home Energy
. Rich and his son Josh performed a home energy audit for Steve Bellone, a city supervisor in Babylon, NY. Steve helped to develop the Long Island Green Homes program which has become an leading example of residential energy efficiency programs in the Northeast U.S. From little acorns big oaks grow, so start knocking on those doors!