When it comes to conservation issues, California is usually a frontrunner among states that will do just about anything to reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption. Heavy pollution, droughts and dangerous wildfires all suggest that these efforts, indeed, are important. The latest move by California on this front involves the state’s energy consumption, specifically in the Sacramento area.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the major supplier of power to the Sacramento area, is offering some pretty hefty rebates to citizens who do away with any of their gas-powered appliances and go all electric. Just how much money are we talking about? Well, installing an electric water heater will get you $3,000 back. An electric heat pump for space heating is worth $2,500. Put in an induction stovetop or purchase an electric car and you’ve got another $2,500 coming. Each household, in total, could rack up as much as $13,750 in rebates. That’s a pretty juicy incentive to go all electric.
It’s important to understand that while there are plenty of “energy efficient” appliances on the market, nothing is more dramatic at reducing Green House Gases than completely electrifying your home. Ultimately, California’s goal is to have at least half of all new water heaters and space heating pumps to be electric by the year 2030. While this will certainly require major changes in the respective appliance markets, it also poses a concern to California’s building market, as homes are still being built every day with a gas infrastructure, all of which will likely need to be retrofitted in the next 10 years with electric appliances.
Officials from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District have commented on how few people, including professionals in the plumbing and building industries, are actually aware of all of the electric technology that’s available when it comes to these larger appliances that have traditionally been gas powered. They believe the biggest challenges to the success of their electrification plans will be changing the perceptions associated with electric appliances and simply making people aware of their options.
The point of the rebates is to incentivize homeowners and builders for lending an ear and making more responsible decisions when building their homes.