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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 the atmosphere,​​ which can cause bad​ health and environmental effects. Electrification 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 from the home can also improve the ​ health, safety, and comfort of the home. ​

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 large importance to all households, especially those with children. Gas-related pollutants can have worse effects on children than adults, including higher rates of asthma, learning deficits, and allergies.​​

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Finding a Contractor

electrificationbadge.pngHomeowners searching for contractors to help with electrification are often met with conflicting advice or outdated information.​ The City of Ann Arbor has partnered with Michigan Saves to create an Electrification Badging program to help homeowners find contractors who are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.  Contractors who earn the Badge have done​ a series ​​of 5 training modules, as well as continuing education for badge maintenance.  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​.​​

​Electrification Video Series

​​Local 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!​

 

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