Rep. Gene Green Supports American Jobs and Construction Industry
May 6, 2010
Houston, TX – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) voted in favor of H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act. The program was passed today and will create jobs, save energy, and lower families’ energy bills.
Home Star is a program designed to spur energy focused home remodels by providing rebates to homeowners who install energy-saving products, including insulation, windows, doors, and heating systems. The authorization of this program will have three major benefits: getting money back to homeowners by providing them tax rebates and saving money on their energy bills, provide America with another step to energy independence by saving valuable resources, and giving a boost to the construction industry that is currently suffering a 25% unemployment by supporting and creating jobs that cannot be sent overseas.
“Home Star will continue the effort to bring jobs to Americans,” Rep. Green said. “This program will create approximately 168,000 more jobs in the construction and manufacturing sectors, while promoting American-made goods and services.”
There are two tracks to the program that will provide long- and short-term benefits. The Silver Star program will provide up-front rebates of up to $3,000 for the installation of specific technologies. The Gold Star program rewards a comprehensive energy audit with a $3,000 rebate for measures that reduce energy by 20% and up to $8,000 when additional energy savings are achieved.
“These immediate incentives are crucial to clean energy jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” Rep. Green continued. “With the aid of Home Star, we will cut the use of natural gas and home heating oil equivalent to almost 7 million barrels of oil in 2011 alone.”