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Cash for Caulkers – Leaky Air Duct Work

By admin on July 26th, 2010

TCash for Caulkershe Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 – also known as “Cash for Caulkers” – is nearly here. The bill passed earlier this summer in the House of Representatives and is now awaiting final approval by the Senate. This is great news for homeowners and contractors. Arguably, the greatest barrier to widespread adoption of energy efficient or “green” construction is the cost. Cash for caulkers will hopefully be the impetus for change. This program lends itself nicely to the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) industry since older heating systems are notorious for air leaks. Sealing leaky duct work often times will have a profound impact on a homeowner’s energy bill.

The Home Star bill provisions $6 billion for energy-efficient or “green” retrofits. It is expected to fund renovations for 3 million families, create 168,000 new jobs and save consumers $9.2 billion on energy bills over the next 10 years. However, in order to cash in on government funds, homeowners and contractors will need to follow specific guidelines. There are 13 types of retrofits described in the bill and each has unique requirements.

Fortunately there are many online resources discussing the latest developments in the Home Star bill. For example, HVAC Software Advice put together a cash for caulkers starter’s guide. They break down all the requirements of the bill into an easy-to-read table. The table includes specifications of retrofit requirements, along with the rebate amounts for each. They have also combined the retrofits into three packages.

To read their guide, visit: http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/cash-for-caulkers-the-definitive-guide-to-the-home-star-bill-1061110/

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11 comments

  1. James says:

    Great article. Thanks for sharing!

    July 27th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

  2. Kevin Raymond says:

    This legislation had slipped my mind, thanks very much for the information. Also appreciate the link to the starters guide. It should help me keep organized on the subject until final approval.

    July 27th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

  3. House Cleaners London says:

    Excellent post for homeowners and contractors.

    September 21st, 2010 at 6:37 am

  4. Heating And Air says:

    If you want to save your money On Home or Office Heating and Air Repairs, I recommend you Heating and Air Secrets Video.

    September 25th, 2010 at 5:24 am

  5. Akil says:

    I used to run a duct cleaning division of a heating and cooling company. THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. Nevertheless, I created a demonstration video to show the correct, and effective way to have the air ducts cleaned in your home. Make sure the company you choose for air duct cleaning will clean your air system and not just take your money! Ducts are3 an entry way to many allergies. My doctor verified this with me many years ago. Here’s a one minute video of a really dirty duct.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIOjn_oeXWI

    January 8th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

  6. FACILITYPROTECH Orlando says:

    The Cash for caulkers is a great idea and works because of how many people don’t notice they need thier air ducts cleaned. I work for http://www.facilityprotech.net/ and on some calls I go out on it has nothing to do with the AC unit itself it just something wrong with the ducts. Great article and keep it up!

    February 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  7. Jeff says:

    This is an awesome article that makes so much sense. I work for a company and some calls I go out on I end up never touching the AC unit and just clean out the ducts. Great article.

    February 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  8. Orlando Air says:

    Really interesting article because of how common this problem is! I’m a contractor for http://www.facilityprotech.net/ and I think every contractor should read this.

    February 10th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  9. Orlando Air Conditioning Services says:

    Really great post even for contractors like myself.

    March 31st, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  10. admin says:

    I like your duct cleaning video! – Thanks for sharing it with us.

    September 13th, 2011 at 6:20 am

  11. Rocky Coant says:

    Utterly written subject material , appreciate it for entropy.

    August 4th, 2012 at 6:13 am

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