Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Maine Action!

Attention Mainers--Action is needed on the following proposal:

Help Protect Maine's Environmental and Energy Future...
Make Maine Homes More Energy Efficient!

We need your help to ensure that Mainers get money-saving, energy efficient buildings! LD 2257, An Act to Establish a Uniform Building and Energy Code in Maine, would comprehensively reform our state's building codes, including an energy code. It's good for the economy! It's good for the environment! It's good for families struggling to pay energy bills!

Please call or email your legislator TODAY and ask them
to support the majority report on LD 2257!

LD 2257 would establish uniform, predictable building and energy codes that tackle rising energy costs, help developers and builders, and make it easier to rehabilitate existing buildings. The energy efficient building code would save money for new homeowners from day one. In fact, a home not built to the energy code costs more to heat in one winter than it would cost to meet the code!

Maine's current optional system does not work: 85% of new homes built in Maine fail to meet the minimum energy standard, so Maine families are burdened with unnecessarily high heating bills.
LD 2257 provides options and flexibility for towns to implement the code, and towns under 2,000 are exempt from enforcement. If we don't pass an enforceable statewide energy code, Maine will continue to see skyrocketing energy costs and global warming pollution.

Contact your legislators to urge their support for the Majority Report on LD 2257. To find out who your legislators are, please visit here. If you know who your legislators are then please call them at these numbers:
To leave a message for your senator, please call (207) 287-1515 or (800) 423-6900.
To leave a message for your representative, please call (207) 287-1400 or (800) 423-2900.

Your message is simple: support the majority report on LD 2257.

To find out more about LD 2257 visit NRCM's website or contact Sara Lovitz at: slovitz@nrcm.org or 1-800-287-2345 ext 205.


We also need the support of town and city officials to help pass this bill! If you are a municipal official please sign-on to a letter to House and Senate leadership. Join with others who have already expressed their strong support for a uniform building and energy code that is long overdue! Sign on to this letter here. If you are not a municipal official please encourage any official that you do know to sign this letter.

Thank you for taking this important action today!

Harry Brown
Executive Director
Maine Interfaith Power & Light

P.O. Box 4834Portland, ME 04112(207) 721-0444 Contact Us
Interfaith Power and Light is a religious response to global warming with chapters in 26 states and Greater Washington, D.C. Find a link to your local chapter at http://www.theregenerationproject.org/State.
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