Federal HVAC REBATES with HomeStar

National Save Energy Coalition Needs our help



Please Help Enalasys and our Affiliates to make HomeStar a reality!

CALL or EMAIL YOUR SENATOR!

1. Contact Your Senator –

See state-specific contact info, talking points, email messages, and fax forms at http://www.nationalsaveenergycoalition.org/action.html. Calls are most effective, but emails make a difference too.

2. Track Your Impact –

Fill out a Tracking Form OR send an email to nationalsaveenergy@csgrp.com with subject line

“I [Called or Emailed] Senator [XX] and Senator [YY]”.

Tracking our collective impact is hugely important, and we want to be able to report back to all of you on how successful we are. Please take the extra minute to send this important email to register your impact.

For more information about this Campaign for HomeStar, Please Contact:

Patrick Roche
The National SAVE Energy Coalition
Patrick.Roche@csgrp.com
508-365-3061

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The National SAVE Energy Coalition, in conjunction with BPI, RESNET, and Efficiency First, is launching a targeted campaign to generate at least 500 calls (or emails) to Senate offices through Friday. Over the next three days, the attention of both Senate and House will be firmly devoted to Home Star, as each chamber has a hearing to discuss the proposal (see #2 for more). Therefore, now is a decisive time to contact your Senators and your comments will be especially welcomed. It is really unclear how fast the bill will move after these hearings, so I encourage you to make contact as soon as possible. With the first jobs bill now passed by both Senate and House, more jobs creating legislation (i.e. Home Star) has a bright future. Thanks to the hundreds who have already called/emailed before. I encourage you to call again. You’ll deepen your connection to the office and show you are a valuable, committed, and active constituent.

Background on the HOMESTAR program

With unemployment in the construction sector near 25% and with substantial underutilized capacity in our manufacturing sector, the HOMESTAR program has the potential to jumpstart our economic recovery by boosting demand for energy efficiency products and installation services. For middle-class families, this program will help them save hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs while improving the comfort and value of their most important investment – their homes. In addition, the program would help reduce our economy’s dependence on oil and support the development of an energy efficiency services sector in our economy. Key components of the HOMESTAR Program include:

Rebates delivered directly to consumers: Like the Cash for Clunkers program, consumers would be eligible for direct HOMESTAR rebates at the point of sale for a variety of energy-saving investments in their homes. A broad array of vendors, from small independent building material dealers, large national home improvement chains, energy efficiency installation professionals and utility energy efficiency programs (including rural utilities) would market the rebates, provide them directly to consumers and then be reimbursed by the federal government.

$1,000 – $1,500 Silver Star Rebates: Consumers looking to have simple upgrades performed in their homes would be eligible for 50% rebates up to $1,000 – $1,500 for doing any of a straightforward set of upgrades, including: insulation, duct sealing, water heaters, HVAC units, windows, roofing and doors. Under Silver Star, consumers can chose a combination of upgrades for rebates up to a maximum of $3,000 per home. Rebates would be limited to the most energy-efficient categories of upgrades—focusing on products made primarily in the United States and installed by certified contractors.

$3000 Gold Star Rebates: Consumers interested in more comprehensive energy retrofits would be eligible for a $3,000 rebate for a whole home energy audit and subsequent retrofit tailored to achieve a 20% energy savings in their homes. Consumers could receive additional rebate amounts for energy savings in excess of 20%. Gold Star would build on existing whole home retrofit programs, like EPA’s successful Home Performance with Energy Star program.

Oversight to Ensure Quality Installations: The program would require that contractors be certified to perform efficiency installations. Independent quality assurance providers would conduct field audits after work is completed to ensure proper installation so consumers receive energy savings from their upgrades. States would oversee the implementation of quality assurance to ensure that the program was moving the industry toward more robust standards and comprehensive energy retrofit practices.

Support for financing: The program would include support to State and local governments to provide financing options for consumers seeking to make efficiency investments in their homes. This will help ensure that consumers can afford to make these investments.
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