Nov 10, 2010
At a meeting of President Obama’s Middle Class Task Force on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden, the task force chairman, announced new initiatives that will “encourage” Americans to make their homes and appliances more energy efficient through low-cost or free energy audits, tax rebates and federal grants.
“Every one of you knows somebody who knows that they need to do something about the energy efficiency of their home,” Biden told the audience at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. “You don’t have to have a PhD to know when you are spending a lot more money heating your home than you need to be.
“So, to encourage people to do what they want to do in the first place, to make it happen, to help those 100 [million] households … we’re announcing three new initiatives that could create tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of savings in energy bills,” Biden said.
The vice president was joined by the heads of three federal departments -– Labor, Housing and Energy -– who helped explain the new initiatives.