More than just light bulbs April 20, 2009 : 10:21 AM

I've said before that in order to solve the climate crisis, we can't just change light bulbs -- we need to change laws.

The stimulus package signed into law in February does just that. It created a “30 percent tax credit in 2009 and 2010 for the purchase and installation of renewable-energy products such as wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat pumps.”

Already it is having an effect. According the to Christian Science Monitor,

"The tax credits are already boosting consumer interest, says Dave Moody, director of field marketing for Service Experts Inc., a heating and cooling company with 120 branches nationwide. 'It’s having the desired intent,' he says. 'It's driving people toward energy conservation and more efficient appliances, from our observation.'"

In addition,

"TAG Mechanical’s sales are up 10 percent so far in 2009, due to both the federal credits and New York State incentives for energy-efficient home improvements. The company is projected to grow by 15 percent this year and may add new employees, if sales are strong enough, Mr. Guiles says."