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Heinrich Zero-Emission Homes Act Gains Momentum With Introduction Of House Companion Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is welcoming growing momentum for his Zero-Emission Homes Act. U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) led the introduction of companion legislation today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Senator Heinrich’s legislation provides rebates for the purchase and installation of electric appliances and equipment in single-family homes and multifamily buildings, with additional support for low- and moderate- income households.

“Electrifying our homes and businesses is one of the surest climate actions that we can take right now. 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,” said Heinrich. “I’m pleased to have Reps. Castor and Tonko join me in this fight to make the economic, environmental, and health benefits of electrification affordable and accessible to all Americans.”

"All Americans deserve to live in homes that are good for their health, their pocketbooks, and the environment," said Castor, Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. "This bill will help millions of families switch to cleaner electric appliances and save money on their utility bills, while also putting Americans to work in every hometown across the country. Additionally, it will help us solve the climate crisis, make progress reducing pollution, and target cost-savings to our neighbors who really need it."

"Decarbonizing our homes is one of the key challenges we will face in confronting the climate crisis," said Tonko, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. "But building electrification also offers untapped opportunities to improve energy efficiency, spur innovation and provide homeowners with cleaner alternatives. I’m proud to join Congresswoman Castor in the House to push forward the Zero-Emission Homes Act that will help our nation address the growing threat of climate change. I urge all of Congress to support this strong legislation."

The Zero-Emission Homes Act has received widespread support from nearly 200 organizations and nonprofits. Find a one-pager of the Zero-Emission Homes Act by clicking here. Read the full bill text by clicking here.