The residential industry accounts for one-fifth of America’s energy consumption with the largest part of that consumption going toward the project’s heating. Most buildings run on multiple fuels such as natural gas or propane to power furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. What if the project’s heating could be done with a more efficient and economical option than gas! Electric heating is that option! Read on!
Full electrification is typically the cheaper option in new buildings. Builders avoid the cost of installing natural-gas lines and meters, and improved energy efficiency can keep rising electricity bills in check.
What Is Electrification?
Electrification is the process of powering by electricity and—in many contexts—the introduction of such power by changing over from an earlier power source.
For residential buildings, proposed electrification strategies for heating include:
- Replacing gas furnaces with air source heat pumps or ground source heat pumps
- Replacing gas water heaters with heat pump water heaters
- Replacing gas ranges with induction or conventional electric ranges
- Replacing gas dryers with electric counterparts (conventional or heat pump)
The Benefits of Electrification
Electrifying U.S. households will dramatically reduce carbon pollution, increase savings, create millions of good-paying jobs, and secure a better, more equitable future for all communities.
Currently in states like California energy regulators approved energy efficiency standards aimed at vastly expanding the use of electric appliances for space and water heating in new developments.
It is worth pointing out that the current electrical grids in the U.S. cannot handle the power demand of moving everyone to electric options until the electric infrastructure is updated to support this move.
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