Interested in how you can create a climate friendly home? Representative John Curtis’s recently renovated home may be an unlikely source of inspiration.
In a video published by The Cool Down in May, Representative Curtis walks viewers through his house from top to bottom, showcasing the various ways he has incorporated clean technology in order to save energy, water, and money.
These upgrades and the benefits that accompany them, in Curtis’s view, are within reach for all Americans looking to reduce their home’s environmental footprint.
“For those of you who feel like “I can never do this,” you can. All these small things…they all add up. So not only cost savings, but less impact on the environment and a more comfortable home.”
While lowering his utility bill, Curtis also saved on the installation of his solar panels and geothermal heat pump by using the federal clean-energy tax credits passed under the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act.
“We spent a lot of time looking at HVAC and how to heat and cool the house and we landed on geothermal. It’s 70% more efficient than a normal HVAC system and the federal government right now is offering a 30% tax credit.”
You can watch the tour of Rep. Curtis’s home and learn more about what he has done to make it more climate-friendly.
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Executive Director, Washington Legislative Office, Environment America; Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network
Lisa directs strategy and staff for Environment America's federal campaigns. She also oversees The Public Interest Network's Washington, D.C., office and operations. She has won millions of dollars in investments in walking, biking and transit, and has helped develop strategic campaigns to protect America's oceans, forests and public lands from drilling, logging and road-building. Lisa is an Oregonian transplant in Washington, D.C., where she loves hiking, running, biking, and cooking for friends and family.