Contact your Congressman


HPBA needs you to do something that actually works when done properly: contact the office of your own Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives by Tuesday, September 27, 2011 to express your concerns about the two DOE rulemakings.  This contact can either be with a call or by an email done through the website of that Representative. TWO CAUTIONS: You must be a constituent of the Representative you are contacting for your comments to matter and, if calling, you will be giving your opinion to an aide, not the Representative, a practice which is standard and acceptable. Again, please call by September 27th.  Remember, this works!

Finding Your U.S. Representative 

If you do not know the identity of your member of the U.S. House of Representatives, or how to contact them, you can find your representative by going to and following the “FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE” directions in the upper right hand corner, by dialing (202) 224-3121 and asking for your Representative, or by emailing HPBA at with your zip code

When you connect with the office of your Representative, remember to:

–  Speak slowly and clearly so the person taking your message can transcribe your message correctly;

–  Be calm and respectful, but speak honestly, as the person taking your comments is used to listening and will not argue with you;

–  Give your personal opinion, based on knowledge and experience; and

–  Keep your comments as brief and succinct as possible.

Key Points to Make 

–  My name is __________.

–  I live at _____________ in your congressional district.

–  I work for/represent/own ____________.

–  [Company name] is located in _______________.

–  We make ______________.

–  I work with or employ _____ people directly and approximately _____ people indirectly.

–  The DOE has enacted a regulation that will ruin my industry/company/job by banning decorative gas fireplaces and log sets as though they are space heaters, which they are not! They are decorative products, not heaters.

–  I ask that Representative [name] please cosponsor the letter to DOE Secretary Chu sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State.

–  Give a phone number where you can be reached.

–  Ask to get a written response to your comments.

–  Offer to provide them with any more information they need (let HPBA Government Affairs Department staff know at if they need to contact an office).

The more House offices contacted by HPBA members about signing this important letter to DOE, the better chance HPBA has of getting the decorative vented gas appliance ban reversed. (While we are now working with the U.S. Senate, we will let you know in the near future when to contact them in this similar fashion.)

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