Legislation must pass Senate to become law.
ARLINGTON, VA. – (June 9, 2010) – The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010
(S. 3434), recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, provides financial incentives to homeowners who use technicians certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) to make a number of energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
The initiative, which must now pass the U. S. Senate before becoming law, establishes a $6 billion rebate program that rewards homeowners through two tracks – the Silver Star level and the Gold Star level.
The Silver Star level provides incentives ranging from $250 to $1,500 for the purchase and installation of energy-saving equipment, including furnaces and air conditioners. Consumers can take advantage of these rebates by using NATE-certified technicians when upgrading heating and cooling equipment.
The Gold Star level provides incentives to a household that conducts a comprehensive energy audit and then implements a variety of measures that are designed to provide greater returns in energy savings.
"The Home Star legislation is critical to the energy efficiency workforce, creating jobs in the HVAC and building construction industries by providing incentives for energy efficiency improvements in the residential market," said Patrick Murphy, vice president of recertification at NATE. “As the HVACR industry’s nonprofit technician certification program, NATE provides valid, reliable and defensible testing and certification to ensure that individuals performing the HVACR work under Home Star possess the knowledge and the skills to do the job correctly, saving their customers energy while reducing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.”
Consumers can locate contractors in their area that employ NATE-certified technicians by visiting the NATE consumer website at www.hvacradvice.com.
About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE tests technicians while others train. Testing validates the technician’s knowledge and a training program’s instruction. NATE-approved testing organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer NATE tests. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in nine specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronic gas, hydronic oil, and commercial, light commercial refrigeration and senior efficiency analyst. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.