Reps. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., have introduced legislation to encourage the use of energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness, HR 1616, also will encourage job creation, McKinley said.
"This bipartisan bill is designed to save businesses and taxpayers money while making America more energy independent," McKinley said. "As an engineer, I've designed energy efficient buildings and understand how to conserve energy and save money."
The McKinley-Welch bill is the House companion to legislation introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in the Senate.
"Energy efficiency is a practical, non-partisan idea that saves money, puts people to work, creates demand for American-made products, and improves the environment," Welch said. "This bill is a common sense idea whose time has come."
The bill also will speed the transition to a more energy efficient economy, increasing both America's economic competitiveness and energy security for the coming decades, while driving economic growth and encouraging private sector job creation, McKinley said.
"As one of only two engineers in Congress, I understand our country needs to strengthen building codes to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient," McKinley said. "In addition, the Department of Energy needs to work with the private sector to encourage research, development and commercialization of innovative energy efficient technology."
Welch is the founder of the House Energy Saving Performance Cause and the co-chairman with McKinley of the High Performance Building Caucus.
HR 1616 also requires the federal government to adopt energy saving techniques for computers, saving energy and taxpayers money. The legislation is being endorsed and supported by a broad cross section of groups including more than 200 businesses, environmental groups and trade associations.