HOMES Act introduced with Bi-Partisan Sponsorship

We don't see a lot of bi-partisan bills in Congress these days. Here's one focusing on home energy-efficiency from a WV-R and a VT-D, both on the energy committee, the HOMES Act, HR 2128 ( introduced yesterday.  Now, I'm not holding my breathe on passage, but I take it as a good sign that energy-efficiency is part of the energy policy discussion. It ought to be (whether we're talking about incentives or not).

The bill would create a home performance-based rebate program that steps up to $8,000 depending on the percentage of predicted energy savings. 

Have you seen the bill? What do you think?



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Comment by tedkidd on June 18, 2013 at 7:45am

% savings programs suck.  Ask the folks in CA.  When your incentive structure pits contractors against homeowners, expect a lot of unhappy, angry people.  

Comment by William H Nickerson on June 1, 2013 at 9:18am
May 29, 2013

Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced in Congress to Improve the Energy Performance of Existing Homes

capitalCongressmen David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at spurring energy efficiency investments in residential buildings and creating construction jobs.  The bill, “The Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act” HOMES Act) would provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements.  Homeowners who demonstrate a 20 percent energy savings will receive a $2,000 rebate. For every 5 percent in additional energy savings, they can receive another $1,000 – up to a total of $8,000 or 50 percent of the project's cost.

The legislation recognizes certified RESNET Home Energy Raters and Energy Smart Home Performance Teams.  It also requires that the projected savings be calculated following RESNET’s existing homes software modeling guidelines.

"These are common-sense ideas that will create jobs, save money for consumers and conserve energy," Congressman McKinley said. "This issue transcends political ideology."  Congressman Welch commented, “Encouraging energy efficiency in the private sector is a win-win-win for the consumer, the economy and the environment.  And, in an era of partisan gridlock, energy efficiency is a practical, common sense idea where Democrats and Republicans can find common ground."

The HOMES Act was introduced in the last session of Congress but did not pass by either house of Congress.

The introduction of this legislation by a Democrat and a Republican demonstrates that improving the energy performance of homes transcends the current political division in Washington.  It remains to be seen, however, whether the legislation will be enacted with its appropriation in these times of fiscal austerity.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

© 2013 RESNET Residential Energy Services Network
Comment by Dennis Heidner on May 31, 2013 at 11:09am

The text of the bill is still not available for review.    Unless you have some additional knowledge on the content,  its tough to say anything about it.

Hopefully it isn't just blow more insulation in to the attic and replace the current double pane windows with triple pane windows.  It would need to be blower tested before/after  -- thermographed before and after,  require records of work done, permits if walls were opened up, etc.  I think it could be hard to administer.

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