Rising home energy costs predicted for 2010-11

The outcome of the election this weeks makes passage of the Home Star bill in the Senate look, unfortunately, less likely than ever. Rather than invest in efficiency, we seem destined to continue to export energy dollars and/or add to the CO2 blanket we've wrapped our Planet in.

One thing that has not changed, however, is the rising cost of energy. The Boston Globe reported (http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/articles/2010/10/23/...) that the cost of heating a home is projected to rise 5-14% depending on the fuel type. Given there is more fuel than ever, the reasons are complex—world trade issues being the largest factor. What is not complicated is that this is, I believe, an indicator of where we are headed: higher prices and more uncertainty about prices.

Now is the best time to do what we can to reduce home energy use. Considering that nearly 40% of energy used in the US is used in homes and the potential impact is huge. Clearly thermography can play a key role in ensuring that work which is done is done effectively.


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Comment by John Snell on November 6, 2010 at 11:40am
"It is not that I wish energy to become more expensive I simply recognize it."
Thanks to both of you for your comments. Yes, the truth is energy IS expensive but we just don't pay the real price "at the pump." Add in BP spill, wars in Middle East, "disposal" of spend nuclear fuel, etc., etc. and it all makes good old renewables—and living within our ecological means—look like a real bargain!
Comment by Glen Gallo on November 6, 2010 at 9:01am
Home Star was going to be great for the industry but I would agree it seems dead at this point. With as much press it got it might come back in one form or another. I am not holding my breath. California is rolling out Energy Upgrade California which emulates the Home Star program. The program administrators are hopeful to prove its usefulness to give the Federal Government data to proceed with a National program.

http://energyupgradecalifornia.com

I have always maintained that the higher cost of energy is what will drive our business. It is not that I wish energy to become more expensive I simply recognize it.
Comment by Allison A. Bailes III on November 6, 2010 at 8:07am
Although higher prices can hurt even more in an economy with high unemployment and shrinking salaries, they're good for energy conservation, especially combined with the aforementioned economic problems. Now, if we can just find a way for our political leaders to show some backbone and make Home Star work, we can make some real progress on this.

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