'Home Star' Program to Plug Home Energy Retrofits

By Martin LaMonica in CNET News, January 29 2010

Representatives from building efficiency advocacy groups on Friday held a "Webinar" to outline the Home Star program--nicknamed Cash for Caulkers--and said that its prospects for becoming a law should be known within several weeks. A Home Star Coalition has been formed, which includes large retailers Home Depot and Lowes, equipment suppliers such as Dow and GE appliances, along with energy-efficiency contractors, labor groups, and environmental advocacy groups.

For homeowners, the proposed legislation provides incentives to weatherize homes and upgrade to more efficient lighting or heating and cooling systems.

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