H.R. 4801, To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water

H.R. 4801

To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water

Date
June 23, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4801, To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4801 was introduced on June 5, 2014 by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)  and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The bill was marked up on June 9 and 10, 2014 and was ordered reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4801 requires that the Secretary of Energy, within one year of the bill’s enactment, report to Congress on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use systems for potable hot and chilled water in federal buildings, and the return on investment of installing such insulation.

Background

The federal government is the largest consumer of energy in the U.S.,[1] and such use includes heating and cooling federal buildings.  H.R. 4801 requires the Secretary to gather data on the potential savings that would result from an increased use of thermal insulation.

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[1] U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Federal Energy Management Program.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 4801 would cost less than $500,000.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.