Utilities can play a key role in electrifying our buildings which can deliver huge environmental and health benefits
- Apr 7, 2021 9:30 pm GMTApr 7, 2021 9:09 pm GMT
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To repower our society with 100 percent renewable energy, we need to electrify our buildings. Switching our homes and offices from fossil fuels to the power of the sun, wind and Earth will lead to a greener grid and a healthier and safer world. But to create that future, utility professionals, contractors, educators, advocates and decision makers will need to come together to implement smart policies that encourage and incentivize building electrification.
It’s no surprise that burning oil and gas in our homes and businesses is a hazard for the planet and puts us all at risk. Fossil fuel use in homes pollute the air we breathe outside as well as inside. Every time we turn on a gas-powered stove, air quality in our buildings worsens. In fact, gas stoves alone may be exposing tens of millions of Americans to levels of indoor air pollution that would be illegal outdoors. This kind of air pollution is linked to health problems including respiratory illness, heart attack, stroke and cancer.