New bill that endorses energy efficiency being fought for in the Senate

A bipartisan bill being floated around the U.S. Senate that seeks to lower energy costs and raise the standards of efficiency in new home construction has found a crusader in Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

In statements made to Washington-based news source The Hill, the Senator vowed to file the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act as an amendment to all bills brought to the floor of the Senate for the remainder of the session.

Most recently, Shaheen filed the bill, which is co-sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), as an amendment to the Cyber Security Act on July 30.

"This is the fourth bill that we've filed an amendment on, and we’re going to keep doing that to try and raise attention to the fact that this is legislation that has bipartisan support that we think should come to the floor because we think it could make a difference," Shaheen told the source.

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE) estimated that the savings on energy costs annually could exceed $4 billion. The bill would also add up to 80,000 new jobs in the clean energy industry by 2020, according to the ACEE.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed the bill through an 18-3 vote in July. The Hill reported that the Committee aims to enforce zero impact building codes on new construction nationwide by 2030 to reduce the country's energy use.

Homeowners who are interested in reducing their houses impact on the power grid can help the Committee reach their goals of net-zero homes through an energy audit from a home inspection contractor.