The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 4801, a bill that would require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water in federal buildings. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) cosponsored the bill, which is now under consideration by the rest of the House.

The legislation aims to save the federal government money on heating and cooling millions of gallons of water in its buildings.
Supporters say new research would help substantiate data that demonstrates thermal insulation provides both water and energy savings.