Climate action starts at home.

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

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Electric Home Resources

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How To Resources

 

Dr. Neelu Tummula,  ENT Surgeon, GW University Hospital

Learn the whys and hows of home electric retrofits with resources and information provided by  energy providers, environmental organizations and local governments.

Get electric appliance, contractor and installation tips from a neighbor who has already switched a major appliance from gas to electric, courtesy of Fossil Free Silicon Valley.

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Get a free phone consult from Palo Alto's Home Efficiency Genie to plan for electrifying your appliances as they reach end of life. (Palo Alto residents only). 

Check out these rebates on heat pump water heaters, heat pump dryers, induction cooktops, and heating and cooling systems.

 

Electric Appliances

Electric appliances offer next generation technology -- more efficient, safer, cleaner and smarter than the gas appliances they replace

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Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters  (HPWH) work like a refrigerator in reverse, moving energy around rather than generating it, which makes them 3-5 times more efficient than gas water heaters.  HPWH can be programmed to heat up during the middle of the day, taking advantage of surplus renewable energy on the grid. They can alert you when there is a leak and let you know how much hot water is left in the tank.     How they work

Central Heat Pump HVAC System

A replacement for gas furnaces, heat pump systems can multitask: heating, cooling, filtering and dehumidifying using one system, making for a healthier, safer and comfortable home. This system works for a home with air ducts and occupies about the same amount of space as a furnace, plus it includes an outdoor unit similar in size to an air conditioner condenser.  How they work

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Mini Split Heat Pumps

Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps (mini-splits) make good retrofit add-ons to houses with "non-ducted" heating systems, such as hot water heat, radiant panels, and/or wood, kerosene or propane space heaters . They can also be a good choice for homes with old, broken air ducts that are expensive to repair or replace.   How they work

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Induction Stoves

Induction stoves heat faster than electric and gas counterparts, offer more precise temperature control, and reduce the risks of burns since only the pan, not the cooktop heats up. Induction stoves don't omit unhealthly gasses into the air.  Concave induction "burners" are also available that provide heat similar to gas flames encircling a wok, for example. 

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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.

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