Save Energy With Electric Alternatives to Gas Appliances
By Melissa Yu
This article was featured in our Fall Yodel 2021 along with a building electrification illustration by Vrinda Manglik.
Gas appliances such as stoves and water heaters in California’s homes are responsible for over 50 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually. Burning gas in households for heating and cooking leads to toxic air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxides and formaldehyde, which are harmful to our health. In the Bay Area, devices release almost three times as much NOx as light cars and more than eight times as much NOx as power plants. As a result of this equipment pollution, California buildings and homes are responsible for over 1,500 premature deaths and over $ 17 billion in health problems.
Most devices are replaced every ten to twenty years or more. To meet California’s climate goals and protect public health, we need to leverage the life cycle of devices to avoid blocking decades of fossil fuel infrastructures and the public health, safety and affordability risks posed by vulnerable households to be carried, to be maintained.
The next time you decide to replace an electrical appliance, you can save overtime on your electricity bill. Unlike conventional first generation electric water heaters and electric stoves new technologies such as heat pump water heaters and induction hobs are highly efficient. You can also convert your heating systems and tumble dryers to heat pumps or electrical alternatives. Here are some things your Bay Area neighbors had to say about switching from gas to electric when they took the recent East Bay Green Home Tour:
“One of the biggest learning curves in an all-electric home is cooking on an induction hob. My family owns a restaurant and my brother is a chef, so we got into gas cooking. We learned that. Differences in the way we make decisions Prepare dishes, such as how the oil is heated differently. My brother is a cook and even he likes to cook on this hob because he says it is much more efficient with some of his dishes. ” – Denaya
“One of the great things about heat pumps is that it basically gives us free air conditioning because heat pumps work both ways to heat and cool houses, so we basically have the air for free.” – Kathy Kramer
To learn more about electrical appliance options, watch a video tour of 12 converted homes in East Bay: eastbaygreenhome.com.
Are you ready to give up on natural gas and switch to clean energy devices for a safer, healthier, greener home? Visit our Building Electrification page for a list of resources to help you plan ahead and make long-term decisions that will benefit the climate and your energy bills.