I ran across an article today on a movement that Seattle is experiencing right now.
Read it here
The utility company there is offering energy audits to home-owners at a huge discount, from over $600 per audit to only $95. This makes it affordable for people to investigate where their home is losing energy. Of course, the next hurdle would be the ability for people to pay for changes that make their homes more energy efficient.
Seattle is using a stimulus package to provide loans of up to $20,000 to help home-owners to make the changes that are recommended during the energy audit.
I think this is a really effective way to stimulate the economy AND help mitigate climate change. Certainly a worthwhile read.