Camden — If saving the Earth were a competition, Gene and Jean Harrington would take home the top prize.
The Camden couple, both huge environmentalists, love Mother Earth so much they own three hybrid cars: a 2011 Toyota Prius, a 2015 Prius, and a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e.
But that’s not all this power couple is doing to save the planet. The Harrington’s bought a Victorian-era sea captain’s house and gutted it, updating everything with the latest and greatest in the world of energy efficiency.
The amount of energy it takes to heat the gorgeous 4,500 sq. ft. home is equivalent to what it normally takes to heat a non-energy efficient 3,000 sq.ft. home, a huge win for Gaia.
All the lighting in their spacious monument to efficient, clean living is state-of-the-art LED, controlled by a central computer in the basement.
What’s even cooler is when the Harringtons are away at one of their other houses, like the ultra-efficient ski house in Colorado, or the solar powered beach house in St. John, they can monitor and control the lighting and heat at the Camden home over the Internet.
Gene, who worked as an investment banker for the oil and gas industry before retiring to Maine, says he takes pride in being so environmentally conscious. Jean, too, prides herself on the good feelings their decisions give them.
“We love cantaloupe,” Jean confessed, “but don’t want to have it shipped from thousands of miles away in the winter months, so we built a USDA certified organic green house to grow our own.”
Organic and locally sourced? That’s something our planet can really appreciate.
The icing on the cake of the Harrington’s love of all things Earth are the special agriculture license plates on all of their vehicles, even their two non-hybrid cars.
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