By a vote of 246 to 161, the US House of Representative passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019). The legislation provides rebates to homeowners who’ve renovated their homes with energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights. Before the Bill can become law, however, it must also be approved by the US Senate.
The Bill includes the following consumer incentives:
1) Rebattes for energy-saving investments, such as windows and doors, will have up-front rebates provided by Silver Star. Homeowners may be entitled to $1,500 per improvement; however, please note that this is capped at a total of $3,000 or 50% of the total project cost. In order to quality, homeowners must replace a minimum of eight exterior windows or skylights, or 75% of home exterior windows and skylights. These windows must possess the following insulating characteristics: A U-value and 0.30 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient that is no greater than 0.30. Skylights and doors must meet the 2010 Energy Star criteria in order to qualify.
2) Larger rebates are provided to homeowners by Gold Star if they should undergo a comprehensive energy audit and implement measures for energy consumption reduction. Up to $3,000 is given for a demonstrated energy savings of 20$. Additionally, $1,000 is also given for for each additional 5% in energy savings; however, this is capped at $8,000 or 50% of the project cost.
Vinyl impact windows and doors meet the above requirements. Should you require additional information, feel free to leave a comment below.