Switching from conventional gas appliances to electric appliances can help save money, reduce indoor air pollution, and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. The most common gas appliances to electrify are hot water heaters, space heaters, stoves, and clothes dryers. Planning ahead for appliance installations can reduce inconveniences (like no hot water) when equipment fails. Most gas water heaters, for example, last only 8 to 12 years, so if you are looking to switch yours from gas to electric, be ready to put in a heat pump water heater before it fails.
BayREN Home+ Rebates
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) provides rebates to help you switch your appliances from gas to electric. Rebates are available for heat pump water heaters, high efficiency heat pumps to replace the load of an air conditioner and furnace, an induction electric range or cooktop, and a heat pump clothes dryer. BayREN also offers rebates for energy efficiency measures like insulation and duct sealing so you get the whole package for your home. Learn more at BayRENresidential.org or contact a Home Energy Advisor for a free consultation: 866-878-6008.
Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) provides additional rebates to help electrify your home. PCE’s rebates for heat pump water heaters can layer on top of BayREN incentives: http://pencleanenergy.com/hpwh. To get started, visit BayRENresidential.org or contact a Home Energy Advisor for a free consultation: 866-878-6008.
The Switch is On Campaign
The Switch is On is a statewide project of the Building Decarbonization Coalition in partnership with BayREN, Peninsula Clean Energy, and 10 other agencies, to help you navigate the transition to 100% clean appliances. Visit switchison.org to learn more and access helpful resources.
Systems Mapping Project: Decarbonizing Existing Single-Family Homes
With assistance from Presidio Graduate School (PGS Consults) and funding from BayREN, the Office of Sustainability convened a multi-stakeholder group to map out the challenges of decarbonizing existing single-family homes and identify opportunities for regional collaboration. We hosted focus groups with homeowners and contractors to uncover barriers and inefficiencies. After coming to a clearer common understanding of the complex system that governs home carbon emissions, the stakeholder group agreed on four, regionally coordinated actions that are believed to have the most significant impact. A final report will be available in spring 2021, and convenings of key players for each action will take place soon after.
Case Studies: Costs and Pathways for Decarbonizing Existing Single-Family Homes
The Office of Sustainability is developing 10 case studies highlighting costs and strategies to decarbonize existing single-family homes. Case studies will include energy efficiency; heat pump water heating, space heating, and clothes drying; induction cooking; solar; battery backup; and electric vehicle charging. Case studies will also quantify the costs and/or savings of electrification over time for the homeowner. The County has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find an electrification consultant (to provide technical assistance and financial analysis) and three contractor teams (to provide cost quotes and other information). Homeowners interested in making their home available for the study can submit an online form in April.