HOMESTAR Energy Efficiency Starts Cash For Caulkers Program

HOMESTAR and HomestarrunnerHOMESTAR was initiated by President Obama in November 2009 to encourage and incentivize the acceptance of energy efficient products and services in order to “jumpstart” the US economy. HOMESTAR is targeted towards middle class families and its latest addition, “Cash-for-Caulkers” was setup to reward homeowners for improving their home’s energy efficiency. Cash-for-Caulkers is drawn from the same family as Cash-for-Clunkers and is based on the same Jubbling principles of reducing energy consumption and in turn, reducing our need for oil. HOMESTAR’s hope is that by participating in the Cash-for-Caulkers program, homeowners can save $200-500 per year in energy costs, increase the value of their homes and help create needed jobs for installers and government oversight.

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  • $1,000 – $1,500 Silver Star Rebates: Consumers looking to have simple upgrades performed in their homes would be eligible for 50% rebates up to $1,000 – $1,500 for doing any of a straightforward set of upgrades, including: insulation, duct sealing, water heaters, HVAC units, windows, roofing and doors.
  • $3000 Gold Star Rebates: Consumers interested in more comprehensive energy retrofits would be eligible for a $3,000 rebate for a whole home energy audit and subsequent retrofit tailored to achieve a 20% energy savings in their homes.
  • Oversight to Ensure Quality Installations: Independent quality assurance providers would conduct field audits after work is completed to ensure proper installation so consumers receive energy savings from their upgrades.
  • Support for financing: The program would include support to State and local governments to provide financing options for consumers seeking to make efficiency investments in their homes.
  • We don’t want to be left behind at Jubbling and that is why we put together a few ideas for future consideration by HOMESTAR and actually put it in a letter. HOMESTAR sure likes the money references so we’ll stick with that theme for now:

    Jubbling suggestions for future HOMESTAR programs

    But no matter how you approach it, the federal government is going to have some oversight which translates to red tape, bureaucracy and dampens the Jubbling. So instead of giving them ideas to use on us, now might be a great opportunity for us to pass some ideas to the government on ways they can cut back and be more Jubbling. We’ll start with Air Force One. That whole flyover of Manhattan thing is a perfect example of unnecessary waste. Maybe we should ground Air Force One and President Obama could tell foreign leaders to come over here if they want to meet with him or they could just Skype each other. If they do decide to fly here, security shouldn’t be an issue because most people in the US wouldn’t recognize these world leaders anyway. But back to HOMESTAR.

    I am very interested in how Cash-for-Caulkers works out and how future HOMESTAR programs perform. I am a little skeptical but ultimately, my hope is that they are successful because their intentions are Jubbling.