FAQs

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What is electrification?

It’s switching from fossil fuels to clean electricity for transportation, cooking, water heating, space-heating and drying clothes. Electrification is critical for California to reach its climate goals.

What are the benefits of electrification?

Electricity can be generated from carbon-free resources, but natural gas is a fossil fuel and its use will always result in greenhouse gas emissions. Since the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU), San José Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, and other community choice energy programs can provide up to 100% carbon neutral electricity sourced from renewable and hydroelectric resources, an all-electric lifestyle can be cleaner, healthier and more affordable than using fossil fuels.

What are the benefits of zero net carbon (ZNC) buildings?

Electrification makes it easier for homes to become zero net carbon (ZNC). A ZNC building is designed to meet all its energy needs from carbon-free sources such as solar or wind. California has set a course to increase the number of ZNC buildings in the next two decades. ZNC buildings are safer, save energy, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, and get the highest performance and value from all homes and buildings.

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Visit sjenvironment.org/zncbuildings to learn more about ZNC buildings.

Gas is cheaper than electricity — will electrification increase my energy bill?

A recent study found that all-electric new construction results in savings of $130-$540 per year relative to a gas-fueled home over the life of the equipment. There are cost savings to developers, who don’t have to lay gas lines and can pass on construction savings, as well as to homeowners, who will see lower bills. For retrofits, the modeling suggests that all households in single-family homes will save between $10-$60 per month on energy bills and 84 percent will save up to $30 per month on total lifecycle costs. This includes the bill savings and the relative cost of installing efficient electric equipment instead of gas replacements.

The study does not account for any state or utility incentives. When incentives are considered, the benefits become even more positive for consumers.

Excerpted from LADWP.