Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.

The current state of the bill is this: it was included in a comprehensive climate bill that was shelved last month but will be included in a narrower energy bill to be voted on (hopefully) after the August recess, which is focused on the immediate goals of improving e