February 18, 2010
Dear AK President, Ed Cholfin:
Thank you for contacting me to express your opinion regarding H.R. 1749, the Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2009. As your Congressman, I appreciate hearing your thoughts and welcome every opportunity to be of service.
As you may know, H.R. 1749 was introduced by Representative Baron Hill (D-IN) on March 26, 2009 and was subsequently referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Financial Services, where it awaits further action. If enacted, this legislation would authorize the Secretary of Energy to make grants available to state agencies responsible for developing state energy conservation plans under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide owners of manufactured homes constructed prior to 1976 rebates for the purchase of a new Energy Star qualified manufactured home.
Further, the bill would restrict rebates to owners of manufactured homes that are used on a year-round basis as a primary residence and that will be destroyed and replaced?"in the same general location?"with an Energy Star qualified manufactured home. The rebates would be limited to one owner per household, households with total incomes not exceeding 200% of the federal poverty level in the applicable area, and $7,500 per manufactured home.
Improving home energy efficiency will provide homeowners with lower energy costs. Furthermore, the manufacturing of new homes will also lead to the creation of new jobs. Rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as this bill moves through the legislative process.
Again, thank you for sharing your concerns. If you feel that I may be of additional assistance on this, or any other matter of importance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I also invite you to sign up for my weekly email newsletter, or to share your ideas and opinions, by visiting my website at http://gingrey.house.gov or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As someone involved or interested in the building & remodeling business, what are your thoughts on this bill?The important thing is not necessarily to agree or disagree, but to make your voice heard! It's easy! Visit this site to find out who your representative is and to contact him or her. The housing industry is one of many in which those involved need to help those in congress understand what really helps the remodelers/builders on the "front lines." Thanks for your interest & involvement!