Because the electric grid can be converted to fully clean electricity, we can decarbonize quickly and switch to renewable energy by electrifying everything.
This means replacing technologies that run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and oil and propane heating, with alternatives that run on electricity, like electric vehicles and heat pumps.
Vehicles and home heating systems aren’t the only fossil-fuel powered equipment in our rural state. Emissions from fossil-fuel powered lawnmowers are significant; running a lawnmower for an hour emits the same amount as driving a car for 300 miles (or driving 6 to 8 cars for an hour). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that, hour-for-hour, gas-powered lawn mowers produce 11 times as much pollution as a new car. That adds up, considering the average house owner mows their lawn 22 times a year.
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"In the developed world, most consumers get their power from the electricity grid (even those who also contribute to the grid with rooftop solar panels). When you are connected to a grid, everything you use that runs on electricity is, in carbon/climate terms, as clean as that grid. This has some profound implications. It means that, as long as we are reducing carbon on the grid, every single electrical device is getting cleaner throughout its life."
"We don’t need new technology to electrify everything. Everything we need is already available today."
"We, a middle class family of three living in an 80s ranch, have electrified everything. In doing so, we’ve joined a movement, a green energy strategy, a collective thought process with three basic tenets:
"Beneficial electrification of space heating represents multiple opportunities: for consumers to save on their total energy bills by switching to a more efficient heating technology (depending on the housing type and region, as this paper explores); for utilities and grid operators to secure valuable grid management benefits; and for significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."
"Water heating accounts for almost 20 percent of residential energy bills—and, put simply, today it can take far less energy to heat a gallon of water with electricity than directly with fossil fuel."