home energy retrofit
This article offers and interesting viewpoint of the Deepwater Horizon spill and the way it relates to energy waste and efficiency. Obviously this disaster has gained the attention of the world as one of the worst environmental disasters in the world and certainly the worst in US history. However, the fact that the energy contained in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history is equal to the energy that just 75,000 homes waste in a single year certainly changes one’s perspective. It is much cheaper to retrofit this amount of homes (about $1 billion) than how expensive it has become to clean up the oil ($40 billion +). It is a great look on how important home energy efficiency is for the environment.The full articel is definitely worth a look, you can find it here.
The proposed Home Star “Cash for Caulkers Bill is currently making its way through the Senate, with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, and enthusiasts on wall street and main street. The bipartisan legislation would establish a $6 billion program to create clean-energy jobs and provide on-the-spot rebates to about 3 million consumers who retrofit their homes to make them more energy efficient–investments that will save homeowners $9.2 billion over the next decade.
The Enterprise Retrofit Audit Protocol will make it easier to receive funding for retrofitting affordable housing by establishing a “baseline for metrics and disclosures in the analysis of green improvements”.
This protocol was developed by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and CAS Financial Advisory Services.