Here are some basics of the proposed Home Star legislation to provide rebates to homeowners for energy-efficient improvements. There are two types of consumer initiatives for retrofitting homes with energy-efficient models:
--Under the Silver Star program, homeowners would get rebates of between $1,000 and $1,500 for each improvement installed, or $250 per appliance, with a benefit not exceeding $3,000 or 50 percent of total project costs. Covered measures in the Silver Star program include air sealing; attic, wall and crawl space insulation; duct sealing; replacement of windows and doors, furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters and appliances.
--Under the Gold Star program, consumers would be eligible for $3,000 when they conduct whole-house energy analyses and install technology that improves their overall home energy efficiency by 20 percent. They could receive an additional $1,000 rebate for each additional 5 percent improvement, to a maximum of $8,000. The rebate could not represent more than 50 percent of the total cost of the project.