Steven Chu, our favorite U.S. Secretary of Energy, recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post, Weatherization: Saving Money by Saving Energy
, describing the multitudinous benefits of home energy efficiency, as well as the steps he and the Obama administration have taken to make home energy efficiency easier and more affordable upfront.
Chu is aware of the barriers that many homeowners are faced with: in his words, "inconvenience, inertia, and inadequate information." The incentives championed by himself and the administration are aimed at overcoming those barriers.
Nonetheless, Secretary Chu, it seems, doesn't need to be spurred by tax incentives to increase the efficiency of his home. He describes how he and his wife regularly weatherize each house they move into. Insulating the attic, sealing air ducts, insulating hot water pipes, and installing programmable thermostats all appear to be no-brainers for the Nobel laureate.