Archive for the ‘Home Star’ Category

HOME STAR Legislation Postponed Until Fall

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced last Tuesday that he is delaying the vote on the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 until after the August recess.  According to Reid, the scaled down energy bill which includes HOME STAR, is short of enough votes to have passed last week.  In a best case scenario situation, HOME STAR will be enacted in late September.  Supporters of the HOME STAR legislation must now focus their efforts on a renewed push to make this Energy Bill happen when Congress is back in session.  To learn about how Politico summed up the situation click here.

13 Types of Retrofits You Could be Eligible for Under The Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010

Friday, June 25th, 2010

There are 13 types of retrofits that are eligible under the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.  Each retrofit must comply with Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards or other procedures to be approved.  Each has unique requirements and set rebate amounts, so homeowners and contractors need to do their research before refurbishing.  To learn more about these retrofits, check out this blog post from Software advice at:

http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/cash-for-caulkers-the-definitive-guide-to-the-home-star-bill-1061110/

More Home Star Details

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Home Star plans to offer two incentive levels – Gold Star and Silver Star.  The $1.7 billion GOLD STAR level is a program that will be available only for whole-home improvement projects. Your BPI Building Analyst Certified Professional or a RESNET qualified rater (or an approved equivalent) conducts an energy audit and comprehensive home performance assessment before work begins, then develops and prioritizes improvement measures specific to the needs of the particular house.

When the work is completed by an accredited contracting company, the certified building analyst or rater returns to the house to conduct a test-out energy audit. This test-out assessment ensures that the installed measures are working properly and determines the modeled energy savings achieved. 

If you improve your home’s energy performance by 20% you will receive $3,000 in incentives. You’ll also get an additional $1,000 for each additional 5% improvement. Depending on how much your home’s energy use is reduced, you could get up to 50% of the entire project cost (capped at $8,000) plus a more energy efficient house.

Home Star Act Passes the House of Representatives

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

By a vote of 246 to 161 the House of Representatives today voted to endorse the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, which permits creation of a national energy retrofit agenda for American homeowners.  The vote marks a noteworthy milestone in the development of the bipartisan HOME STAR legislation, however it’s essential to remember that the authorization bill passed today must be matched by the Senate, and followed up with an appropriation bill to allocate funds for the $6 billion program.

Home Star Legislation is going to the House Floor

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The Home Star Legislation is going to the House floor this Thursday, May 6.  Home Star is said to create jobs for Americans and provide incentives for home energy efficiency improvements.  Here is what you can do to help ensure our members of congress vote for the Home Star program:

  • Call or write to the Senators from your state and your local Congressional Representative (Go to www.senate.gov or www.house.gov to get phone and address information, or if you need to look up your members by zip code.)
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper
  • Find out more at www.efficiencyfirst.org/take-action
  • If you would like to become more engaged in efforts to pass Home Star on Capitol Hill, please contact Efficiency First’s legislative representative Kara Saul Rinaldi at kara@efficiencyfirst.org

The HOME STAR Energy Retrofit Act of 2010

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

HOME STAR Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 is newly proposed legislation that would provide $6 billion dollars of incentives to the American people in hopes of generating an estimated three million home modifications, tens of thousands of jobs, and to strengthen the American economy. 

 HOME STAR is anticipated to create jobs in existing industries by providing strong short term incentives for energy efficiency enhancements in residential homes or buildings.  This initiative encourages direct consumer investment in energy efficient appliances, building mechanical systems and insulation, and home energy efficiency improvements. 

 On Thursday, April 15th the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the bipartisan HOME STAR Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 by a vote of 30-17 (HR 5019).