We’re working towards safe and healthy homes and buildings that run on clean electricity and are free of indoor air pollution and climate-harming natural gas.
Why All-Electric Buildings?
> Methane gas is the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our region. In order to achieve Zero Carbon, we must transition our homes and buildings to run only on clean electricity like solar and wind.
> Households that are dependent on methane gas are exposed to dangerously high levels of indoor air pollution. Increased rates of asthma and other medical conditions have been linked to indoor natural gas.
> Increasingly hot summers and heat waves require that everyone has access to air-conditioning. However, electric heat pumps can both cool and heat homes for less money that air conditioners powered by methane gas.
> Methane gas can cause explosions if not properly maintained. Entire neighborhoods have been incinerated by gas explosions. We must remove this dangerous infrastructure from our communities as soon as possible.
Methane gas is the
third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our region.
Pass All-Electric Policies At Local
and State Level
As a climate advocacy organization, CAC is an active supporter of policies that promote all-electric homes and buildings. In 2019, we supported the City of Carlsbad’s groundbreaking all-electric new construction ordinances, which were the first in California.
In 2021, we saw our hard work come to fruition when the City of Encinitas passed a strong Green Building Ordinance, becoming the first city in San Diego County and the 51st city in California to do so. Shortly after, Solana Beach passed an all-electric ordinance.
We continue to work with every city in the region to push for policies that phase out dangerous methane gas from our homes and businesses, both in Climate Action Plans and as stand-alone policies—which is a critical step in the path to Zero Carbon.
The good news is that data shows that new residences built all-electric will save money compared with a gas-powered home. On average, according to a study done for the California Energy Commission by E3, all-electric homes cost $5,000 less to build than a gas-powered home, and will save homeowners $130 to $540 a year.
In existing homes, the biggest cost savings is by switching from a gas furnace and air conditioner to an electric heat pump system that provides heating and cooling.
Secure Incentives for All-Electric Homes and Appliances
We will fight for upfront rebates and incentive dollars for electric heat pumps, electric stoves and other appliances at the local, state and federal levels to reduce the cost of all-electric homes, similar to the rebates available for buying electric vehicles or installing rooftop solar. This can help expand access to opportunities to make the switch to cleaner electric power.