In 1978, almost 50 percent of electricity generation in the U.S. was from burning coal. In 2021, that figure dropped to 20 percent. Electricity has become increasingly popular. As a homeowner, what are some systems and appliances you can upgrade to emit cleaner, safer, and more climate-friendly electricity?
Electric furnaces are beneficial in a number of ways. Electric powered systems are usually less expensive to buy and install. With the rise in governmental energy efficiency standards and advances in technology, electric units are very energy efficient, saving you money on monthly utility bills. Electric home heating systems are also safer because there’s no combustion process that may cause fire damage or health concerns.
The main component emitted from natural gas-powered stoves is methane. It’s a source of greenhouse gases in our environment and natural gas can generate harmful pollutants indoors. These pollutants are implicated in many respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Electric stoves, ovens, and ranges are better for indoor air quality and can be more cost effective than gas when coupled with a home solar system.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your home’s water heater accounts for 18 percent of your energy use. Financially savvy homeowners are shifting away from gas water heaters to electric water heaters. Electric water heaters cost less to buy and install, last longer, and operate at between 90-98 percent efficiency. Gas water heaters run at 60 percent efficiency, meaning 40 percent of the energy you pay for is wasted energy.
Electric dryers are less expensive to purchase and maintain with lower safety risks. Gas powered dryers have two hazards. The natural gas line may leak into your house which causes a substantially higher risk of fire. Plus, gas dryers produce carbon monoxide which is deadly if not vented properly in your home.
A popular option, for those with electric appliances, is to go solar – and for good reason. With the sun shining over 300 days per year in the Valley of the Sun, going solar provides your family financial savings and helps the environment. By going solar, you can noticeably reduce or even eliminate your electric bills, protect your family against rising energy costs, and reduce your environmental footprint by offsetting the need for carbon-emitting electricity from the grid.
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