Details and Thoughts of the Weatherization Assistance Plan

Here is a list of what may be on the plan. I am always skeptical about job creation.
How is the government agency going to find the weatherization company?
Does the home owner get a check then they seek an estimate? Does the Gov agency have their good ole boy do the job/s? These small details and basic questions haven’t been answered at this time so how can we say about 32,000 jobs will be created?
It also depends if a company can make enough money to hire. As of right now the bidding on air conditioning installation is at it’s all time low. It is one of the causes that air conditioning companies are failing. They think by dropping the price they will get the job. If they get the Job they then figure out they did not make any profit and now they owe distributors and suppliers. The distributors and suppliers are feeling the effects!
This is something I warned our local distributor about over a year ago.
This is how our industry has failed.
Cheap bids do not work. Cheap work doesn’t produce quality or efficiency.
We need to get back to a fair market price structure as a industry whole and start
planning better to make every new home meet the Energy Star tax relief guide line.
Anyways here is some figures on the Weatherization Assistance Program provide by
GreenCollarEducation.net:

• $5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program, sufficient to meet President Obama’s goal of weatherizing one million homes per year while creating an estimated 32,000 jobs in the auditing and retrofitting industries;

• $4.5 billion to make 75 percent of federal buildings more energy efficient;

• $3.1 billion for the State Energy Program (SEP), which delivers important energy efficiency services and innovations in every state and has the needed infrastructure to quickly absorb the new funding and create new jobs;

• $300 million for state matching grants for rebates to consumers who purchase higher-tier energy-efficient appliances;

• $3.2 billion in State Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) that will allow state and local governments to aggressively implement energy efficiency programs;

• $400 million of the EECBG funds to be awarded on a competitive basis to encourage states to adopt stronger building energy codes and to adopt utility regulatory reform leading to rate reforms, such as decoupling, that will help their customers save energy;

• More than $8 billion for state and local government investments in public transportation.

One Response to “Details and Thoughts of the Weatherization Assistance Plan”

  1. June Collins says:

    Thanks for the interesting and insightful article.

    June

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