The president unveiled the details of a $6 billion program to improve the energy efficiency of U.S. homes Tuesday while visiting Savannah Technical College in Georgia.
The AHRI is lauding President Barack
Obama’s call for Congress to pass legislation to encourage the installation of high-efficiency
HVAC equipment and water heaters.
The president unveiled
the details of a $6 billion program to improve the energy efficiency of U.S.
homes Tuesday while visiting Savannah Technical College in Georgia. Named “Home
Star” after the popular Energy Star efficiency-certification program, it would
offer point-of-sale consumer rebates for the purchase of energy-saving
products. Contractors, home improvement stores and utility companies would
market the program. Rebates would come from the federal government.
David Calabrese, the Air
Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s senior vice president for
policy, said his group has long wanted such a program to boost sales of
efficient equipment. AHRI members make most of the HVAC equipment sold in the
"We are thrilled to
have the solid backing of the White House in this effort," Calabrese said.
For several years, AHRI has been working with Congress to enact incentives to
help replace the nation's installed base of heating, cooling, and water heating
equipment. This program would go a long
way toward making that goal a reality.”