Washington, DC—This morning, Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act of 2012, or HOMES Act. The bill provides a rebate to homeowners for making home improvements in energy efficiency.
Environment America’s Clean Energy Advocate Courtney Abrams issued the following statement in response:
“Investing in energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest way to cut our energy use and reduce dangerous pollution. The HOMES Act will help homeowners make improvements in the efficiency of their homes, saving them money on their energy bills, creating jobs for contractors and construction workers, and reducing dangerous pollution by cutting our dependence on dirty and dangerous energy sources.
“Forty percent of the energy used in America goes to heat, cool, and power our buildings, accounting for nearly half of global warming pollution in the country. And much of this energy is wasted, flying out of leaky doors and windows.
“We applaud Reps. McKinley and Welch for leading the charge on increasing the efficiency of our nation’s buildings, starting by rewarding simple steps homeowners can take.”