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The Benefits of Electrification

Electrifying the U.S. economy is how we get to zero emissions by 2050 and have a shot at keeping climate warming within 1.5 °C.

42 percent of our energy-related carbon emissions are the result of decisions we make around our kitchen table: what cars we drive, how we power and heat our homes, how we warm our water, cook our food, and dry our laundry. Electrifying U.S. households will dramatically reduce carbon pollution, increase savings, create millions of new, good-paying jobs, and secure a better, more equitable future for our communities.

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savings
99% of households in Virginia 3.1 million — could save $1.2 billion a year on energy bills if they were using modern, electrified furnaces and water heaters instead of their current machines.
Percentage of households that save money
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100%
jobs
Electrification would create 6,000 installation jobs in Virginia. In addition, nationwide, it would further generate 80,000 manufacturing jobs and 800,000 indirect and induced jobs.

Installation

Electricians, plumbers, contractors

Manufacturing

Factory, assembly line, and supply chain workers

Indirect

Truck drivers, welders, mine engineers, accountants

Induced

Service, retail, food & beverage workers, teachers

savings
Of the households in Virginia that would save by electrifying, 38% are low- and moderate-income. Each year, they would save an average of $393.
Low- and moderate-income households are those making up to 80% of local area median income.
38% of households that save in Virginia are LMI
38%

4 in 10 adults would have difficulty covering an unexpected $400 expense.

Source: Federal Reserve
health
Electrifying household appliances would address the 42% increased risk of children experiencing asthma symptoms associated with gas stove use.
Furthermore, outdoor air pollution from residential buildings currently accounts for 15,500 premature deaths in the United States per year.
INDOOR POLLUTANTS EMITTED BY GAS STOVES
NO2

Nitrogen Dioxide

CO

Carbon Monoxide

HCHO

Formaldehyde

PM2.5

Particulate Matter (2.5 microns)

savings
The savings are biggest for the 2.3 million households in Virginia across every county who are currently using electric resistance, fuel oil, or propane and would save $420 per year on average.
99% of households using natural gas would also save on annual energy bills. The savings will continue to increase given the trajectory of heat pump technology improvements.
# of FurnacesAvg. savings if electrified# of Water HeatersAvg. savings if electrified
Electric Resistance0.90M$268 / yr2.26M$247 / yr
Fuel Oil0.14M$439 / yr10.9K$231 / yr
Propane0.14M$608 / yr65.9K$511 / yr
environmental
Furnaces, water heaters, dryers, and stoves account for at least 95% (360MMT) of residential building emissions in the United States but are replaced just once every 10–25 years.
Unless we choose modern, electrified replacements for these machines, we will continue to need dirty infrastructure to power our homes, never getting to zero emissions.