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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.