This would be great if it passes. Owners of older manufactured homes could get a $7500 credit to buy a new more efficient one.
Subject : S. 1320 "Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2009"
With growing concern from businesses and consumers regarding present energy consumption levels, there has been an increased demand for energy efficient products. Manufactured home producers have taken a proactive role in responding to this demand by building new ENERGY STAR homes that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, while still keeping their homes affordable for the consumer.
Nationwide, more than two million families live in old, and often dilapidated, mobile homes. These homes are among the nation's most energy inefficient. Most are found in economically depressed, rural areas and commonly are home to families that are near or below the poverty level. These households often fall through the cracks of federal government assistance programs yet they may be trapped in a cycle of very high energy bills with little or no resources to make efficiency improvements in their own homes.
S.1320 is intended to encourage owners of pre-1976 manufactured homes to replace those homes with new energy efficient manufactured homes that meet ENERGY STAR standards. Replacement of old mobile homes with new ENERGY STAR units substantially reduces energy use and improves home affordability, easing of the financial burden on families struggling to meet monthly homeownership costs. It will provide substantial and sustainable energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gases, and provide a powerful engine of job creation in the United States, and improve affordability and financial stability for families most in need.
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On March 26, 2009, Congressman Baron Hill (D-9th-IN) introduced H.R. 1749, the "Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2009". This bill was included within the House of Representatives omnibus energy package, H.R. 2454, the "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009" which passed the House on June 26th with a vote of 219-212. A provision of this bill is intended to encourage owners of pre-1976 manufactured homes to replace those homes with new energy efficient manufactured homes that meet Energy Star standards. The legislation would offer $7500 rebates which may be provided to facilitate the purchase of a new Energy Star qualified home. To cover the additional cost of removing and recycling the old home, we are advocating for an additional grant of up to $2,500 to be provided upon proof of decommissioning. To further close the gap between the cost of the new home and the homeowner's income limitations, we urge that the replacement of the substandard mobile home be included as an eligible use of ARRA weatherization funds.
On June 22, 2009, Senator Jon Tester (MT-D) introduced S. 1320, the "Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2009", the companion legislation to H.R. 1749 introduced by Representative Baron Hill. Stimulating the economy will be high on the priority list for legislators in 2010. Senate leaders are currently crafting a multi-bill jobs agenda. MHI is advocating the inclusion of S. 1320 within the "Jobs for Main Street" package. A representative of a coalition which includes MHI has been invited to testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Ms. Stacey Epperson, President, Frontier Housing Inc. will provide testimony on behalf of a coalition of asset building, energy and industry organizations supporting efforts to replace pre-1976 mobile homes with ENERGY STAR manufactured homes.
MHI and its members support the "Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2009" (S. 1320) for the following reasons:
- It would help replace pre-1976 HUD Code homes with more energy efficient new Energy Star qualified HUD Code homes.
- The program would provide the economic means for lower-income homeowners to purchase new energy efficient homes. This would help rid the country side of older, almost uninhabitable homes, and allow low income families a better chance to upgrade their life style.
- Households participating in the program will save an average of $1,800 per year in energy costs, savings that could be better spent to offset the new home monthly costs and therefore building equity.
- Each new affordable, manufactured home constructed adds more than one new job. At a program annual budget of $500 million per year, over the next three years more than 51,000 jobs will be created in the US.
- The improvement in household efficiency will reduce by 9 tons the amount of carbon emissions per home per year. Avoided carbon will reach 10.3 million tons within ten years.
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