Climate action starts at home.

We’ve gathered resources for you to take simple, cost-effective steps towards home electrification.

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What Is Electrification?

Electrification means transitioning from home appliances that run on fossil fuels, such as natural gas, to cleaner, healthier electric appliances.

This includes heating/cooling systems, water heaters, dryers, stoves and ovens. You can even electrify your barbecue and pool heaters.

 

How electrification combats climate change

In Palo Alto, our electricity is 100% carbon neutral. Switching to electric appliances significantly reduces your home’s carbon footprint, while improving energy efficiency and air quality.

100%

of electricity in Palo Alto is carbon neutral

32%

of greenhouse-gas emissions in Palo Alto are produced by buildings

Buildings are major pollutants

Almost one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in Palo Alto are produced by buildings. In California, buildings are the second largest source of pollution. We can’t meet robust climate action goals without electrification of our homes and many other buildings.

The S/CAP Target

As outlined in our city’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP), Palo Alto has committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030 (80x30 goal).

80%

Palo Alto’s target emissions reduction level by 2030, compared to 1990 levels

38%

Palo Alto’s current emissions reduction level, compared to 1990 levels

Where we are now

With current emissions at 38% below 1990 levels, we have a long way to go in a short time to meet our 80% reduction goal by 2030. In the short term, we will need to replace old gas appliances with electric ones as they reach the end of their life, and gas will also be phased out during new home construction and renovations. 

How much does electrification cost?

As with all things home-related, there is a wide range of options and prices. The good news is that upfront costs may be offset with rebates—such as Palo Alto’s heat pump water heater rebate—or tax credits.

 

Also, because most electric appliances are considerably more efficient than gas ones, home energy savings often offset costs or produce lifetime savings. In cases of new construction, avoiding gas infrastructure results in dramatic savings.

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Electric Appliances

Electric appliances are efficient, clean alternatives. Here are a few places to start:

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Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater

They are safer and significantly more efficient than their gas counterparts.

How they work

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Heat Pump HVAC System

A replacement for gas furnaces, heat pump systems can multitask: heating, cooling, filtering and dehumidifying, making for a healthy, comfortable home.

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Electric Dryer

Electric dryers are easier to install, lower maintenance, and have budget-friendly repair costs. Additionally, smart sensors on new models can detect moisture and stop drying once your clothes are done—making your cycle run more efficiently.

Children in homes with gas stoves are 42% more likely to develop asthma than those with electric stoves. As a result, induction stoves are gaining popularity with chefs due to their responsiveness, even heating, safety and elimination of the significant indoor pollution associated with gas stoves.

Induction Stoves

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I'm ready to electrify! How do I get started?

 
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The Genie's Home Electrification Readiness Assessment helps residents determine if their old appliances are ready to be replaced, and if their electric panel can support electric alternatives.

Get a consult through Palo Alto’s Home Efficiency Genie to learn about how your home could electrify.

Make the switch to electric with detailed information on electrifying every appliance.

Studies and upcoming legislation on electrification—a great resource for those with prior knowledge.

Latest News

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JULY 2021

Catch Us At the Palo Alto Farmer’s Market

On the weekend of July 18 - 19, our Climate Action Team will be introducing residents to our Switch to Electric campaign at the Downtown and California Avenue Farmer's Markets in Palo Alto. If you see team members at the market, please stop by and say “hi!”.

To volunteer or get more information, please contact Joanna Gardias at joannakgardias@gmail.com.

About Us

We advocate for robust climate policy in Palo Alto and surrounding communities while educating residents on ways to mitigate climate change on the personal level.

We have three main teams:

  • Content creation puts together educational materials and shows examples of electrification in the community.

  • Outreach works to distribute content and give presentations.

  • City council advocates for the city to take action in promoting electrification.

 

Learn more about 350SV Palo Alto and our projects at 350siliconvalley.org/palo-alto.

Help Palo Alto fight climate change by reaching our city’s 2030 goal of 80% carbon emissions reduction!

We would love your help in joining one of our 3 groups or bringing your own creative ideas to the electrification campaign.

 

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