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Cash for Caulkers

The House has passed legislation allowing homeowners who install energy-saving appliances and products to earn thousands in rebates. Democrats who promoted the "Home Star" bill said it would have the triple benefit of reinvigorating the slumping construction industry, saving homeowners billions in energy costs and improving the environment.

The $6 billion bill, dubbed Cash for Caulkers because of its resemblance to the popular Cash for Clunkers vehicle exchange program last year, would entitle homeowners to as much as $3,000
for installing energy-efficient insulation, doors and windows. If you retrofit your entire home you could get up to $8,000 under the two-year program.