Home Electrification

​​​​​​​​​Reducing fossil fuel emissions by switching over to electric appliances​​​​

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​Strategy 2 of the A2ZERO Plan calls for the electrification of fossil fuel-burning appliances and vehicles. Burning fossil fuels releases greenhouse gasses and pollutants into th​e atmosphere, which can cause significant health and environmental issues​. Ele​ctrification can remove​​ these emissions from our local environment. Powering our electrical grid with 100% clean and renewable electricity (Strategy 1 of the A2ZERO Plan) ensures we are not displacing emissions ​and are achieving true carbon reductions. ​

Burning fossil fuels in the home does more than release greenhouse gases. Removing​​ these appliances f​rom the home can also improve the health, safety, and comfort of the home. ​

Don't know where to start? The A2ZERO Home Energy Advisor​ (HEA) may be just what you're looking for! The HEA is a free service open to all Ann Arbor residents, homeowners and renters alike.  It provides free home energy assessments, answers to your questions, custom home decarbonization plans, contractor connections, identification of rebates and incentives, and project coaching.  

Health ​​and Safety

Gas-burning stoves, furnaces, and dryers are major sources of indoor air pollution within homes. Pollutants including nitrous oxides and carbon monoxide are released by these appliances​. Homes with gas-burning stoves have nitrous oxide levels 50 to 400% higher than homes with electric stoves. These pollutants can cause levels of indoor air pollution to well exceed the stringent EPA standards for outdoor air quality. Indoor air quality is of significant importance to all households, especially those with children, as gas-related pollutants can result in including higher rates of asthma, learning deficits, and allergies.​​


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Finding a Contractor

electrificationbadge.png Homeowners searching ​for contractors to help with electrification are often met with conflicting advice or outdated ​information.​ The City of Ann Arbor has partnered with Michigan Saves to create an Electrification Badging program to help homeowners find contractors who are well-versed in electrification, solar,​ and efficiency. To earn the badge, contractors must do five ​training modules and continuing education.​ You can search for “Electrification" ​in the Contractor Locator and look for the badge by their name. Learn more about the Michigan Saves ​home electrification program on their​ Residential Electrification webpage​.​​

​Electrific​​ation Video Series

​​Lo​cal I​BEW electricians and ​NECA contractors are partnering with A2ZERO to support electrification in Ann Arbor and beyond. As part of this effort, IBEW and NECA are deve​loping a series of videos on what is needed for electrification. Check out the first video-  on ​​checking your electrical panel for compatibility with electrification- below. And, visit the Future is Electric webpage​ to learn an​d watch more!​ Plus, check out a case study by Michigan Saves, featuring a household who has fully electrified their home, in the second video below.​​


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Contact Info

Julie Roth
Energy Manager, Office of Sustainability and Innovations

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