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20 November 2009
The Honorable XXXXXX/ XXXXXX
US House of Representatives/US Senate
Washington, DC 20515
Dear REPRESENTATIVE/SENATOR XXXXXX:
As a small business owner in (State or County/City) and a member of Efficiency First – a nonprofit
trade association that represents Home Performance contractors, residential energy consultants and
related industries – I am writing to request your support for the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental
Performance (REEP) and a new proposal known as HOME STAR.
The Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) is a program that would save
consumers money, create jobs and help protect the environment through incentives for energy
efficiency home retrofits. REEP is included in S. The American Clean Energy Leadership Act
(S.1462) and the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S. 1733) which have passed their
respective Senate Committees and in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R.
2454) which passed the House. REEP is designed to create sustainable local jobs by stimulating a
strong free market for quality home energy retrofitting services
Like REEP, HOME STAR is a proposal under consideration by many policymakers to create a federal
building retrofit program that would generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs over the next two
years by offering consumers direct incentives for improving the energy efficiency of their homes. This
plan would stimulate immediate nationwide job creation in construction and manufacturing – jobs that
can’t be outsourced – while saving the average American homeowner about $750 annually in home
As you know, unemployment nationwide now exceeds 10 percent. The situation is particularly dire for
the construction industry, which has lost 1.6 million jobs since December 2007. With unemployment
in the construction sector at a shocking 17 percent and demand for new buildings in a tailspin, there is
an urgent need to create new high-paying, long-term construction jobs that cannot be outsourced
overseas. Together, HOME STAR and REEP can deliver more than a million such jobs and reduce
energy costs for American consumers.
(Representative, SENATOR), I urge you to support these two programs which will create long-term
employment for many of your constituents and support the growth of small and medium-sized
businesses in (STATE or DISTRICT). HOME STAR and REEP are good for America.
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