Vice President Biden joined the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal departments to release
a report, Recovery Through Retrofit
, detailing efforts to increase clean energy job opportunities and make homes more energy efficient.
"Recovery Through Retrofit is a blueprint that will create good green jobs – jobs that can't be outsourced, and jobs that will be the cornerstones of a 21st-Century economy," said Vice President Biden."And, thanks to the Recovery Act's unprecedented investments in energy efficiency, we are making it easier for American families to retrofit their homes–helping them save money while reducing carbon emissions and creating a healthier environment for our families."
The plan, which is projected to save
up to $21 billion each year through energy efficiency improvements, will provide American homeowners with simple and reliable home energy retrofit information, make energy retrofits more accessible by reducing high upfront costs, and establish national workforce certifications and training standards.
According to the report, these measures and others "will lay the groundwork for a self-sustaining home energy efficiency retrofit industry" and "[provide] a roadmap of how the Federal Government can use existing authorities and funds to unlock private capital and mobilize our communities."