Housing, energy, and consumer groups applaud senate opposition to raising energy prices for Americans
(ACEEE blog, 25 Oct 2023) In a bipartisan vote today, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to block a federal proposal that will lower household costs by ensuring more new homes are built to up-to-date energy codes.
In May, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed new energy standards that would significantly lower costs for Americans. If the action is finalized, residents of these homes will save an estimated $14,500 for single-family houses and more than $5,000 per apartment or condo.
Leaders from top consumer, energy, and housing groups applauded the Senate’s decision and called on government agencies to implement these measures to lower costs for Americans.
Mark Kresowik, senior policy director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, said: “Brand-new homes that waste energy saddle their residents with high bills for decades, so up-to-date codes are critical. The agencies are doing exactly what they’re supposed to by ensuring homes purchased with federal support aren’t built to old codes. Blocking this progress would have meant greenlighting inefficient homes with all their costs. The agencies should now get the job done.”