Thanks to New Tech, It’s Easier to Live Better Electrically by Lloyd Alter / by Sustainable

From heat pumps to induction, it has never been easier to give up gas.

Lately our mantra has been Electrify Everything! but at the Alter residence, we do almost everything, including cooking, with gas. The idea of using electricity seemed silly; burning coal or natural gas to make heat to boil water to spin a turbine to generate electricity to push down a wire to... make heat? This was true when electricity came primarily from coal, but on the supply side the grid has been decarbonizing and will continue to do so. Many people now live in places where the electricity supply is low carbon, and renewables are continuing to make inroads. As architect Sheena notes, it can only get better.

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