Homeowners seeking rebates for energy efficiency measures must get the work permitted under legislation approved by the Assembly Utilities & Communications Committee May 9. \u201cThis helps ensure additional accountability of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs,\u201d Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Arleta) told the committee. His bill, AB 1073, aims to ensure homeowners that have their air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems replaced and\/or add a cool roof actually cut their energy consumption and utility bills. The legislation seeks to curb shoddy work done by contractors who fail to meet the state building and appliance standards. Only 10 percent of energy efficiency work currently is permitted and many of the un-permitted retrofits violate codes and fail to produce energy savings. Un-permitted contracts also undercut complying contractors\u2019 prices by up to 40 percent, according to Chris Walker, lobbyist for the California Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association. Under AB 1073, efficiency rebates are to be received only if the work is permitted. The bill allows permit exemptions for homeowners who do the retrofits themselves or have it done by organizations currently not covered by permitting codes. \u201cThis is a brilliant bill,\u201d Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland) said. She\u2019d attempted without success to legislatively curb unpermitted home energy efficiency work. The measure was supported by state sheet metal and air conditioning workers unions and environmental organizations. It faced no opposition and passed 14-0.