Your home already has electricity – so what could “electrifying a home” possibly mean? No, the term does not mean bringing electricity to your home — but it does mean switching to all-electric appliances while doing away with fading (and finite) fossil fuel-based energy sources.
Why Go All-Electric?
All over the country, cities and states are passing legislation moving away from fossil fuels like natural gas that we use to cook, heat, and cool our homes, and take care of laundry and dishes. Even though these fossil fuels have been considered “cleaner” when it comes to their carbon emissions, moving to electricity is helping these cities and states reach their carbon goals.
However, there are many other ways you and your home can benefit from updating your appliances as we will get into below, and the good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once. You can make these upgrades as your old equipment starts to show wear and tear, or as rebates and incentives (like the incoming rebates from the Inflation Reduction Act) come into effect.
If you are thinking of making the switch to electric appliances, here are the top electrification upgrades to consider and how you will benefit from them in your South Jersey home.
Home Electrification Upgrades to Consider in South Jersey
Nearly half of the energy used in New Jersey homes goes to space heating, and nearly 80% of that heating power was fueled by natural gas. Many homeowners are choosing to start their electric conversion by replacing their heating systems with all-electric ducted heat pumps, because of their efficiency and versatility. Since heat pumps have both heating and cooling modes, they can serve as a replacement for both your heating system and central AC. They also come in ductless models called ductless mini splits.
Heat Pump and High-Efficiency Tank Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters leverage the same energy efficient process as heat pumps and ductless mini splits, warming the water in your tank using the existing heat in your home’s air. A heat pump water heater is as much as four times more efficient than traditional electric resistance or natural gas water heaters!
Electric Panel Upgrades
As your home transitions to requiring more electricity use than fossil fuels, you will likely need to upgrade your electrical panels to handle the load. This is a relatively simple process, but getting it right from the get go will set up your home for success when it comes to both your immediate and future electrification upgrades.
Energy Efficient Home Improvements
After all this upgrading to using electricity, you’re going to want to make sure your home isn’t hemorrhaging all that energy thanks to inefficiencies in how your home is performing. An airtight seal, proper insulation, and other weatherization upgrades will keep your heat inside during the winter, the sun’s heat outside in the summer, and reduce how much overall electricity your home is using throughout the year. Bovio Rubino Service can assess your home performance using a home energy audit.
Electrify At A Pace That Works For You, with Bovio Rubino Service
Upgrading the systems and equipment in your home is no small consideration and no small expense. Don’t become overwhelmed by it all – you can take it at your own pace! Here at Bovio Rubino Service, we are never going to sell you on something you don’t need, or that won’t benefit you and your family in the long term. We are honest, like nobody’s business. If you are wondering what it means to electrify everything, or are searching for how you can reduce your carbon footprint and save energy, we’re here to help!