Home Star is the name of a new package of legislation that just passed through the House and is on its way to the Senate.
Text of bill & summary. Basically it will cost $23 per American over 5 years to retrofit homes to be more energy efficient.
- Background from Stephen Cowell on HomeStar
- Background from ABC News on HomeStar
- Background from TreeHugger
This plan "gives U.S. homeowners rebates for energy efficiency improvements and cut energy consumption. Most importantly, Home Star will put many of the country's construction folks and blue collar wage earners back to work..." (that's from the Cowell article on HuffPo).
First on my list will be ceiling fans for all the bedrooms and the kitchen, 2 screen doors, and maybe an attic fan if Tony can figure out how to install it or hire someone to do it. Also I'd like a larger rug for the living room or a second rug for the other half of the room to keep heat in in the winter. A new refrigerator that is smaller and more efficient. A new efficient hot water heater. A more efficient set of gas logs. (I'm sure that will not be covered.)