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Going electric: 3 benefits for your home
You have options when it comes to fueling your home. Electricity, however, provides a number of advantages that can benefit you, your family and the planet.
1. Lower energy bills
Fuel-burning appliances and equipment waste some energy during combustion. By contrast, electric devices are 100% efficient, meaning all the power used goes right into heating your food or lighting your home. Some electric equipment — such as heat pump technology — is even more than 100% efficient. That efficiency, combined with the steady, low-cost nature of electric rates, can reduce your energy costs.
2. Improved indoor air quality
Gas appliances can create indoor air pollutants by burning fossil fuels in a closed environment. Pollutants such as carbon monoxide can cause illness or death if they build up to dangerous levels. You can improve your health and safety by switching to electric appliances and equipment.
3. Cleaner environment
Electric appliances and equipment produce no on-site emissions, reducing your environmental footprint. Although generating electricity does produce greenhouse gas emissions, the growing presence of renewable energy sources, — such as solar and wind — on the grid is helping to create a cleaner environment for everyone.
How to go electric
Cheap, reliable electricity already powers your lights, TV and air conditioning systems. With these advanced technologies, you can make the switch to electricity for space heating, water heating and cooking.
Heat pumps. Geothermal and air-source heat pumps provide year-round comfort. Because they move heat rather than create it, they can condition your space at efficiencies of 150% to 300%.
Heat pump water heaters also move heat to create high-efficiency hot water. How efficient? The efficiency of a water heater is measured by the Unified Energy Factor (UEF). A heat pump unit has a UEF of 2.7, compared to 0.7 for a high-efficiency gas water heater.
Induction cooking heats only the pots and pans on the stovetop, resulting in increased energy efficiency, faster cooking times, better temperature control and improved safety.
Electric-powered outdoor tools — such as lawnmowers, trimmers and leaf blowers — run quieter than fuel-burning models and produce no on-site emissions. With advances in battery technology, cordless options are convenient and easy to use.
So, what are you waiting for? Start making the switch today and you can realize all the powerful benefits that electricity has to offer.
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