House passes Kinzinger’s energy bill

June 23, 2014
Adam Kinzinger

Online Staff Report

The House of Representatives today passed the Thermal Insulation Efficiency Improvement Act (H.R. 4801), a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.  The legislation directs the Department of Energy to study the potential savings created by using thermal insulation for energy and water systems in federal buildings.

“I’m proud to see the House investing in research that could significantly save both financial and natural resources all across the country,” Kinzinger said. “With the federal government being the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S., 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.”

H.R. 4801 is part of Kinzinger’s all-of-the-above energy policy approach, and aims to reduce energy waste through cost-effective measures. According to the bill, thermal insulation saves up to 500 times more in energy costs over its lifespan than the initial costs, translating into significant returns on energy efficiency investments.  Small-scale studies have shown the benefits such insulation can have on water and energy resources that are otherwise being wasted. However, these increases in energy efficiency have yet to be demonstrated on a large scale.

Kinzinger’s bill would lead to a nationwide analysis detailing the potential savings that the installation of such technologies in government facilities would have on the federal budget.

H.R. 4801 passed unanimously by voice vote. Kinzinger is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

3 Comments

  1. Albert

    June 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Did the bill include the use of solar panels on federal buildings?

  2. Almost Retired

    June 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    This is for a study/analysis to make it LOOK like he cares about alternative energy. Every time I contact him, he refuses to support ANY alternative energy bills that come his way. He has voted against equal pay, women’s rights and healthcare for all. I hope he gets voted out of office next time around. I voted for him to get Manzullo out of office. Now, it is his turn to be voted OUT!

  3. Brian

    June 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Kudo’s for this, but even if the right idea, its a drop in the bucket. Much more needs to be done. New report put out today from riskybusiness.org (group spearheaded by former G.W.Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and former NY Mayor Mike Bloomburg says globalwarming = toasted Midwestern farmers. Losses are beginning to pile up. Up to 15% likely ave yield loss in next 5 to 25 years; 73% loss likely by 2100. Say goodbye to corn/beans and FFA unless we take some serious action. Energy efficiency is where we will get massive emissions reductions, while SAVING MONEY!! We need someone to lead and preserve agricultural communities before its too late. Who will?

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