Ready to live in a home that’s more comfortable and healthier for your family and the planet?
An all-electric home may be right for you.
We’ve come a long way since those ancient electric stovetops. Thankfully, appliances have caught up to the times, and now run, efficiently and comfortably, on clean electric power. We aren’t talking about modest improvements here—many of these systems, like heat pumps, are truly revolutionary: a single appliance that heats and cools, using a fraction of the energy. From heating and cooling the air, to heating water, to drying clothes and cooking with precision, there’s a sea of innovations to discover.
Learn more about these exciting electric appliances, here:
There’s a reason they’re called fossil fuels—and your home relies on them more than you may think. While many of us think that cars are the main culprit of pollution and climate change, the reality is that homes and buildings cause nearly a third of the problem with natural gas pollution. Switching to electric at home will improve air quality, lower energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint—all while modernizing your home.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Today’s electric appliances need less energy to do their job. In some cases, we’re talking about appliances that are 3-5 times as efficient as their gas counterparts. That’s worth repeating: three to five times as efficient as what you’re probably using right now.
These aren’t just higher end appliances, either. By comparing EnergyGuide labels, you can find energy-efficient electric appliances within your price range.
Reduce Your Energy Bill
Choosing clean electric appliances is one of the smartest home investments you can make. Because these appliances use less energy, making the switch can save you an average of $4,000—$10,000 over 20 years. Sound too good to be true? We can show you the math.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Appliances that run on natural gas create indoor air pollution because they burn fossil fuels in a closed environment. Few people know about this, but a number of studies indicate that the health risks, especially near a gas stove, are considerable. By switching to electric appliances, you’ll reduce pollutants like carbon monoxide that can exacerbate respiratory and other health issues.
Help The Environment
Electricity has only been getting cleaner. More and more electricity is being generated with renewable and low-carbon fuel sources. By switching away from fossil fuels at home, we will lower greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the environmental impact now and for years to come.
Make Your Home More Resilient
We live in a state that’s experiencing extreme events like fires, which can lead to power shutoffs. While you might think gas appliances provide a backup, most new gas appliances rely on electricity to operate. That said, there are other ways to create an electric backup system for your home, for example, combining a battery and solar panels. Imagine the comfort of being self-reliant during a storm or power shutoff without expensive fuels. Just one more reason to feel good about making the switch.
Let’s Make Home Even Sweeter
California has set a goal of becoming green by 2045—carbon neutral, and energy independent. This is an ambitious endeavor for any state, let alone one that has roughly 40 million people. We are all going to need to do our part to make a difference.
So what are the biggest problem areas? Turns out, they are closer than you think.
California buildings—and this means homes—are responsible for more than a quarter of all statewide greenhouse gas emissions. That’s right: our homes rank just behind cars as the single largest source of pollution in the state. Simply put, we can’t meet our climate goals without addressing emissions from our buildings.
By introducing clean electric appliances into our lives, we can remove greenhouse gas emissions, make our homes warmer, healthier, and just generally better. Better for you. Better for the state. Better for the planet.
Like a win-win-win. And you can make it happen.
Install Electric Appliances
Upgrade your existing home by replacing your current appliances with new electric ones. Investing in these appliances now can help you save long-term.
What should I do if I’m interested in electrifying my home?
The most cost-effective way to electrify your home is to replace appliances as they near the end of their life expectancy, or as part of a remodeling project.
There are a number of considerations to prepare for home electrification:
- Age of Home Appliances – Gas furnaces typically need to be replaced every 15-20 years, while gas water heaters need replacement every 12-15 years.
- Efficiency Retrofits – Efficiency improvements to your home, such as attic/roof/wall/floor insulation, duct sealing, and whole building air sealing, will help lower the cost of electrification. These efficiency improvements are relatively low-cost compared to up-sizing heat pump equipment.
- Space Cooling Needs – Heat pump systems provide both heating and cooling and can be used to supplement or replace the gas furnace. They also are controllable throughout each room in the house. AC unit in every room? Forget about it.
- Adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) – With an all-electric ADU, there’s no need to trench a gas line to the ADU. An electric mini-split heating and cooling system is perfectly suited for spaces like this.
- Planned Rooftop Solar or EV Charger Projects – Consider sizing the solar system to accommodate possible future needs, such as the addition of a heat pump water heater and/or for an EV charger system.
- Planned Projects in the Next 12-24 Months – If you are planning a kitchen remodel or laundry room addition, this is a great opportunity to electrify appliances such as the cooktop, oven, or clothes dryer.
Please consult with your architect or contractor for a whole home electrification project.
The Switch is On is a project of the Building Decarbonization Coalition in partnership with the following agencies, coming together to help you all navigate the transition to 100% clean appliances. Learn more about our partners below.