Monday, October 18, 2010

Time To "Energize" Our State Legislators

Urge your State Assemblyman to Support Higher Residential Energy Codes

From our good friends and neighbors at Long Island Neighborhood Network:

This year a bill was introduced to amend the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (S6912- Foley/A10288 Englebright) by setting a higher energy efficiency standard for new homes built in New York State, and requiring performance verification of all new homes by an independent Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater. The amendment would have resulted in new homes that are more comfortable, save energy, save money, and reduce our carbon footprint.

The bill was modeled on ENERGY STAR Homes® codes that the Neighborhood Network proposed and successfully advocated for in ten of thirteen Long Island towns. These local building codes have resulted in significant energy savings, kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in the local economy, and created new green jobs.

The bill passed the Senate this year, but was not acted on in the Assembly. The Neighborhood Network is asking all our members and friends to contact their State Assembly Members and call on them to pledge their support for this bill in the next legislative session.

To find out more about the bill and how to contact your State Legislators visit the Neighborhood Network website at:
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