Bipartisan Duo Introduce Homeowner Energy Efficiency Bill
Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced H.R. 4230, the “Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act” (HOMES Act). H.R. 4230 would provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements. Under the bill, a homeowner who achieves 20 percent energy savings will receive a $2,000 rebate and for every 5 percent in additional energy savings, the homeowner would receive up to an additional $1,000. The rebates would be capped at $10,000 or 50 percent of the cost of the project. According to the sponsors of H.R. 4230, the bill has the support of over 40 key business, environmental, labor and nonprofit groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Natural Resources Defense Council, Efficiency First, the Alliance to Save Energy, Council of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association and Residential Energy Services Network.