Obama: Insulation Is 'Sexy'

President goes to Home Depot to pitch 'cash for caulkers'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2009 12:34 PM CST

(Newser) – President Obama set up his official podium at Home Depot today to pitch what some are calling his “cash for caulkers” program. Obama wants Congress to give consumers cash incentives to make their homes more energy-efficient. “I know the idea may not be very glamorous, although I get really excited about it,” said Obama. “We were at the roundtable and somebody said, 'Insulation's not sexy.' I disagree. Here’s what’s sexy about it: saving money.”

Obama went on to explain that early 20th-century houses use 50% more energy than those built today, thanks in part to leaky roofs and windows, reports the Los Angeles Times. By fixing those things, homeowners can save energy and money while helping the environment. “If you saw 20-dollar bills just sort of floating through the window up into the atmosphere, you’d try to figure out how you could keep that,” he said. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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