Cars and homes contribute a whopping 42% of all harmful carbon pollution in the U.S. energy sector. Thankfully, there’s never been a better time to upgrade our personal infrastructure thanks to new financial incentives and turnkey solutions.
What is home electrification?
Electrifying your home means replacing major dirty-energy-burning appliances with modern electric alternatives. This includes things like your furnace, water heater, stove, oven, and clothes dryer.
Why does home electrification matter?
Top climate scientists say electrifying our cars and major home appliances is essential to achieving net zero — the goal of completely negating the amount of planet-overheating gas pollution produced by human activity by both curbing pollution and using methods to absorb it from the atmosphere, such as planting trees and funding clean energy projects.
Here are four reasons why we’re living in a golden era for home electrification.
Reason 1: More EVs will charge at home
The U.S. crossed a key tipping point in EV adoption in 2022. This is good news for home electrification.
According to the Department of Energy, 80% of EV charging happens at home. EV owners who want to wake up with a full charge every morning may install an efficient, high-speed “Level 2” charger in their home.
Often, this is someone’s first major electric upgrade.
Reason 2: EV adoption leads to home electrification
As countries like Norway have shown, EV ownership is a leading indicator of the broader home electrification movement. Once EV sales hit critical mass, interest soars in home electrification upgrades like heat pumps.
In the U.S., EV tax credits should help keep the momentum going. So, too, should the increasing affordability of EV ownership. Dozens of new models have arrived or are on the way, including many under $30,000.
Reason 3: New tax incentives for home upgrades
New cash rebates and tax credits are making home electrification more attractive than ever for millions of homeowners.
The Inflation Reduction Act’s Energy Efficient Home Improvement credit allows households to deduct $1,200 or more from their taxes when upgrading two appliances. For new electric water heaters or heat pumps, incentives go up to $2,000. And more benefits will be available soon.
Reason 4: It’s easier than ever to do
Traditionally, home electrification projects involved calling multiple electricians and arranging visits to the house. Modern companies are using technology to eliminate that friction.
For example, Kopperfield has made home EV charger installation easier by using an online form and photos of the house to replace multiple site visits and phone calls leading up to installation.
According to the company, 90% of customers can get a price and book their installation 100% online. They plan to add other home electric upgrades like heat pumps in the future.
The combination of financial incentives and shopping simplicity means we’re living in a pivotal time for home electrification. Why would you choose to miss out?
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