Letter from Senator Kay Hagan

Thu, 2010-08-05 17:08

August 5, 2010
Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (S.3177/S.3434/H.R.5019). I greatly appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (S. 3177) was originally introduced in the Senate on March 25, 2010. A revised version of the legislation (S. 3434) was introduced in the Senate on May 27, 2010, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance for further review.

This legislation is intended to create clean energy jobs and encourage Americans to retrofit their homes to save energy and reduce their utility bills. Specifically, this legislation would establish the Home Star Retrofit Rebate Program, which would provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy-efficient products. The legislation takes a two-tiered approach that would give homeowners options when retrofitting their homes. Under the Silver Star program, rebates of up to $3,000 per household would be offered for the installation of eligible energy-saving measures such as new insulation, water heaters, heating and cooling equipment, windows, roofing and doors. Under the Gold Star program, rebates of up to $8,000 would be given for retrofits that achieve whole home energy savings. These retrofits will also help create and sustain jobs for skilled contractors throughout the country, and will support retailers that supply energy-efficient products.

Like you, I believe investments in energy efficiency are an important way to enhance our energy independence and strengthen the North Carolina economy. Home retrofitting can reduce household energy consumption by 10 to 40 percent, providing families with considerable energy cost savings and reducing air pollution from power plants. Likewise, retrofitting can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and create clean energy jobs that cannot be outsourced. Although the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act has yet to be considered by the full Senate, please be assured that I will continue to keep your thoughts and opinions in mind. Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.


Kay R. Hagan

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