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THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MARCH 2010

HOME STAR: A SHORT SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Home Star is a legislative proposal designed to create jobs by providing short

term incentives for residential energy efficiency improvements. The program will drive new private investment into the hard hit construction and manufacturing sectors, while saving consumers money on their energy bills. By building on state programs and existing industry capacity for the retrofits themselves as well as quality assurance, the program will be fastacting, in addition to increasing consumer awareness of residential energy efficiency.

The bill provides $6 billion dollars of incentives to the American people, coupled with private investment, to generate an estimated three million home retrofits and tens of thousands of jobs, and to strengthen American industry.

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EBATE PROGRAMS

  1. $1000
  2. 1500 Silver Star rebates. Consumers can receive between $1000 and $1500 for each retrofit, with a benefit not exceeding $3,000 or at least 50% of total project costs (whichever is less). Eligible measures include insulation, duct sealing, water heaters, HVAC units, windows, and doors. Rebates will be targeted to the most energy efficient categories of upgrades, focusing on products primarily made in the United States. All retrofits must be installed by a certified contractor.

  3. $3000 Gold Star rebates.
  4. Consumers interested in whole home retrofits would be eligible for up to $3000 for a comprehensive energy audit and retrofits tailored to achieve a 20% energy savings in the home. Consumers can receive additional incentives for energy savings higher than 20%. The Gold Star rebate program would build on existing whole home retrofit programs, such as EPA’s Home Performance with Energy Star program and DOE’s building programs.

  5. Direct Rebates
  6. . For eligible measures, consumers are eligible for direct rebates at the point of sale. Small independent building material dealers, large national home improvement chains, merchants across the country, energy efficiency installation professionals and utility energy efficiency programs (including rural utilities) can provide the rebates directly to the consumers and be reimbursed by the federal government.

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    UALITY ASSURANCE AND SUPPORT

    1. Contractor certification.
    2. Contractors are required to be certified to install the retrofits.

    3. Independent quality assurance providers:
    4. are responsible for field audits after job completion in order to ensure proper installation and measurable energy savings for consumers. States oversee the quality assurance implementation.

    5. Financing support
    6. . Funding is included in the proposal to support State and local financing programs.

      The Home Star proposal has garnered widespread support from over 500 supporters in all 50 states from the construction, manufacturing, retail sales, environmental, labor, and energy efficiency communities, and is expected to save program participants $200

      500 per year in energy costs. For more information, please see our website http://energy.senate.gov.

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