The Recovery Through Retrofit Report builds on investments made in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to expand the home energy efficiency and retrofit market.
Earlier this year, at a Middle Class Task Force meeting,
Vice President Biden charged the White House Council on Environmental Quality
(CEQ) with developing a proposal for Federal action that will grow green job
opportunities and boost energy savings by retrofitting homes for energy
In response to this charge, CEQ has facilitated an
interagency process with the Office of the Vice President to develop the
Recovery Through Retrofit Report - involving 11 Departments and Agencies and
six White House Offices. This Report contains a set of recommendations for
specific Federal actions, which address the market and non-market barriers that
have prevented the home retrofit market from achieving national-scale.
The Recovery Through Retrofit Report builds on investments made in the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to expand the home energy
efficiency and retrofit market. Home retrofits can potentially help people earn
money, as home retrofit workers, while also helping them save money, by
lowering their utility bills. By encouraging nationwide weatherization of
homes, workers of all skill levels will be trained, engaged, and will
participate in ramping up a national home retrofit market.
There are almost 130 million homes in this country. Combined,
they generate more than 20 percent of our nation's carbon dioxide emissions,
making them a significant contributor to global climate change. Existing
techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting can reduce home
energy use by up to 40 percent per home and lower associated greenhouse gas
emissions by up to 160 million metric tons annually by the year 2020. Furthermore,
home energy efficiency retrofits have the potential to reduce home energy bills
by $21 billion annually, paying for themselves over time.
By implementing Recovery Through Retrofit’s recommendations,
the Federal Government will lay the groundwork for a self-sustaining home
energy efficiency retrofit industry. This Report provides a roadmap of how the
Federal Government can use existing authorities and funds to unlock private
capital and mobilize our communities.
To read the full report, click
Recovery Through Retrofit Report Hopes to Expand Green Jobs, Energy Efficiency
October 22, 2009