In the fight to battle climate change, New Jersey has an ambitious goal: reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2006 to 2050.
Carbon dioxide represents 65% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and the burning of fossil fuels is the primary source of CO2 in the atmosphere. Homeowners across the country, not just in central Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, are looking for ways that they can help contribute, and the “electrify everything” movement is catching on. Here’s how you can get started on home electrification and contribute to an important movement for change at the same time that you reduce your energy costs.
What Does Electrify Everything Mean?
“Electrify everything” is replacing everything that runs on combustion fuel with electric alternatives. On a more personal level, electrify everything is largely about two areas that you have control over: your vehicle, and your home.
Not only is converting to electric better for the environment, but it’s also often better for your wallet. For example, a 2018 study showed that electric battery vehicles saved their owners an average of $632 every year in fuel costs compared to gas-powered vehicles.
Better yet, there can be even more savings right within your home!
How Do I Electrify My House?
One of the biggest ways to start your conversion from fossil fuel powered appliances to electric ones is by upgrading your heating and cooling system. While your AC runs on electricity, your furnace or boiler doesn’t, and if you’re at all familiar with your energy costs, you know that heating a Jersey or Pennsylvania home in the middle of the winter isn’t cheap, and you burn a lot of fossil fuel in the process.
The clean alternative to heating and cooling a home is by upgrading to heat pump technology. Air source heat pumps come in two main categories: ducted heat pump systems, which connect to central ductwork, and ductless mini-split systems, which don’t require ductwork and are installed in the specific rooms or areas of your house where you need them.
Heat pumps are all electric and have both heating and cooling settings, meaning you can use them year-round, and they’re much more efficient than either air conditioners or furnaces or boilers.
There are also geothermal heat pumps, which use the consistent ground temperature four to six feet below the earth’s surface to heat and cool your home. These electric systems are even MORE efficient than air source heat pumps, and can operate at up to 600% efficiency (that’s right, the energy they generate is up to six times the amount of energy required to run them).
Go Green and Save Money with Heat Pumps from Princeton Air
Scheduling ducted or mini split heat pump installation is a no brainer for homeowners committed to the electrify everything movement, especially given the cost savings. And there are local and federal rebates available for heat pump installers, which can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars on the upfront costs of upgrading your home.