A bill designed help create jobs while reducing energy consumption will be introduced in the legislature next week by state Representative Cory Mason. At a news conference Monday, Mason said his “Wisconsin Sustainable Jobs Act” has three goals, to create jobs, to help people save on their energy bills and to help reduce the state’s carbon footprint.

Mason says the are more than 2-million buildings, about 1.9 million of them homes, that could be retrofitted to become more energy efficient Mason says a unique feature of the legislation is a revolving loan fund to help pay for retrofitting, which averages about $6500 per home. The Racine Democrat says the legislation “connects the dots” between energy efficiency and jobs, by setting high standards for weatherization contractors to ensure the development of high-quality, family supporting jobs.

Janet Hoff, WRJN

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