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ASPE joins industry coalition for energy efficiency legislation.

ASPE joined a coalition of 19 leading plumbing and mechanical industry organizations in supporting H.R. 4801, a bill that would call for the Department of Energy to report on the impact and savings potential of improved thermal insulation systems in federal buildings.

Introduced by U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), H.R. 4801 provides a clear mechanism for the federal government, the single largest consumer of energy in the country, to conserve resources and cut spending in working toward a viable energy strategy for the future. The House voted in favor of the bill on June 23.

“I’m proud to see the House investing in research that could significantly save both financial and natural resources all across the country,” Rep. Kinzinger said. “With the federal government being the single largest consumer of energy in the country, doing our best to maximize the potential savings from improved insulation systems is a commonsense step I think everybody can agree on. I hope the Senate takes up this bill and moves quickly to begin this important analysis.”

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The coalition sent a letter to Reps. Kinzinger and McNerney expressing their support of the bill and offering assistance in gaining its passage.

According to the letter, “The increased use of thermal insulation in federal buildings would provide a simple and actionable strategy to reduce energy use and cut unnecessary costs, consequently, achieving tangible energy efficient results. Additionally, improved insulation measures would have an immense impact on the U.S. economy as a whole, including significant savings for taxpayers, tens of thousands of new jobs, and a considerable reduction in harmful carbon emissions.”

“It is important for us to look for ways to save taxpayer money and make sure the federal government is doing its part to preserve our natural resources,” Rep. McNerney said. “Thermal insulation can be a simple and effective way to reduce costs and help conserve both water and energy. Additionally, we can use the findings from this study and make sure we are doing everything we can in both federal and private buildings to maximize energy and water efficiency.” Visit www.aspe.org

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