Review of the “Cash For Caulkers” Program HVAC Resource

I am always on the lookout for useful websites and research about home AC, heating, energy efficiency, rebates, saving money, and HVAC related topics. Every week, I dig through a small mountain of articles and alerts, and many (in fact most) of them are filled with keyword spam and lack anything useful.  In sharp contrast to the norm, last week I got an email and phone call from Houston Neal, Marketing Director at another Austin based company named Software Advice. They have put together an usually useful article and simple grid to help home and building owners (and others) understand the Cash For Caulkers program. I’ll paste an except from the article below and then a link to the full article at the end.

“Cash for Caulkers” is nearly here. Last month the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5019 – also known as the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 or “Cash for Caulkers” – to kick-start construction, create jobs and cut back carbon emissions. While the bill still needs to clear the Senate, supporters predict it will pass this summer.

This is great news for homeowners and contractors alike. The bill provisions $6 billion for energy-efficient or “green” retrofits. It is expected to fund renovations for 3 million families, create 168,000 new jobs and save consumers $9.2 billion on energy bills over the next 10 years.

But in order to cash in on upcoming rebates, homeowners and contractors will need to do their homework. There are 13 types of retrofits eligible for funding. Each retrofit has unique eligibility requirements and set rebate amounts. You can read the full text at the link below.

We made it really easy to wade through the legalese. Below is a table that breaks down the 13 retrofits of the bill, along with the requirements and rebate amount for each. In addition to the requirements we listed, each retrofit must comply with Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards or other procedures to be approved by the Secretary of Energy.

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