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Letter: The benefits of Shaheen’s support for energy efficiency

As a New Hampshire home builder, my focus for 27 years has been on building energy-smart, energy-efficient homes.

Without Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s support of energy-efficient home policies, my family and I would not have been able to survive the depression of the last six years.

We went from building three homes a year up to 2006 to one home in the last five years. We had to re-invent ourselves, and thanks to Shaheen’s policy support, we were able to survive by becoming energy auditors and energy improvement contractors.

I’m specifically proud of being the technical adviser for the Berlin Better Building program and of consulting on more than 45 housing units.

The energy department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program has helped more than 40 state and local governments upgrade more than 100,000 buildings, saving families and businesses more than $730 million on utility bills. The BBNP worked with 41 competitively selected state and local governments and their partners to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and local buildings, and leverage early federal funds to launch sustainable community-based programs.

Thank you, Sen. Shaheen, for focusing your efforts on improving the livelihood of all New Hampshire residents.

As a side note, Obamacare has been a godsend for my 27-year-old daughter, who was unable to afford health care.

She is now fully covered, and my wife and I have one less issue to worry about.

BOB TORTORICE

Franconia

living off the back of Govt must be humiliating

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