The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019) on May 6. The legislation would provide on-the-spot rebates for homeowners who make energy efficiency home improvements. It would also create as many as 168,000 American construction jobs over the next two years.
The legislation would also create two rebate programs, one for specific improvements and one for whole-home energy-use reductions. The first category of rebates would be for up to $3,000 per home, the second for up to $8,000.
The act passed the House by a vote of 246-161 after House Republicans forced adoption of an amendment requiring retrofit funds to go directly to homeowners instead of certified contractors.