All-Electric Homes are Integral to Fighting Climate Change

Electrifying homes and businesses is an important component of plans to reach California's greenhouse gas reduction goals. Electrification can reduce GHG emissions in homes by up to 60 percent in 2020 and by up to 90 percent in 2050 (compared to homes that use both gas and electricity). This is the only approach to home decarbonization that has been demonstrated to have results that are this significant. 

Read more: Residential Building Electrification in California


Anatomy of an All-Electric Home

Residents in all-electric homes can breathe easy. Without gas stoves, they avoid the noxious indoor air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels in a closed environment. 

This graphic shows the anatomy of an all-electric home. Energy-efficient windows insulate and reduce noise.  Solar panels let homeowners produce their own power. Ceiling fans help circulate air. Heat pump dryers are 40%-50% more efficient than gas dryers. High levels of insulation minimize the effect of outside temperatures on indoor air. Induction stoves are safer and healthier to use and keep kitchens cool. Home appliances use smart technology to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs. Heat pump HVAC systems replace both gas furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pump water heaters pull heat from the air to heat the water. Electric vehicles can run off electricity generated at home! Batteries store energy for later use.

Zero Net Energy Case Study Homes

All-electric homes that balance the energy they generate against the energy they use are considered zero net energy.

Case studies for five such homes, including floor plans and energy strategies are collected in Volume 1 of Zero Net Energy Case Study Homes, available for download here, or in hard copy by emailing cleanenergyhomes@sce.com.


Looking for a Letter of Support or Commitment?

Our utility, Southern California Edison, collaborates with many organizations to support innovation in the areas of renewable sources of energy, grid optimization, and energy storage. If you are working on a project of this nature and need a letter of support or commitment for a California Energy Commission EPIC proposal, DOE or other funding source proposal, we may be able to help.

Submit a request form at www.sceideas.com