Heinrich to help American homeowners shift to low-carbon appliances

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) took aim at greenhouse gas emissions through legislation introduced last month in the U.S. Senate that would help Americans electrify their homes.

The Zero Emissions Homes Act was introduced by Heinrich on July 15 and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of which Heinrich is a member.

If passed, the bill would provide federal rebates for the purchase and installation of equipment and appliances in both single- and multiple-family homes, with additional support provided to low- or moderate-income households.

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Heinrich said the bill was part of broader effort to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change by increasing the use of low-carbon technologies.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

“Electrifying our homes and businesses is one of the surest climate actions that we can take right now,” he said. “We can use already existing, proven technologies to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, create millions of good-paying jobs, and secure a more equitable future for our communities.

The bill was cosponsored by 11 other U.S. senators including New Mexico’s other Democrat in the chamber U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Lujan.