Across Colorado, most homes are powered by coal and natural gas. Formed over millions of years, these fossilized remains of prehistoric plants and animals (hence the name “fossil fuels”) emit GHGs. The amount of emissions your home generates is changing, thanks to your electric utility.
More and more, electric utilities are ditching these energy sources in favor of solar and wind: Aspen Electric is already powered by 100% renewable energy; and both Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy have made ambitious commitments to significantly reduce their reliance on carbon-intensive energy sources as soon as 2030. Electricity is on a low-carbon path, whereas natural gas will always involve burning a carbon-based fossil fuel to generate energy.
You might be wondering what this means for you. In the past, the best way to take action on climate was by implementing energy-saving projects or installing renewable energy on your home. Now you can edge even closer to a zero-emissions home: after you improve your efficiency, plug into the electric grid. Everything–your heating, cooling and more–can use low-carbon sources. No matter how efficient your gas-powered furnace or fireplace is, it is still going emit GHGs. But as electricity gets cleaner, whether through your utility or on-site renewable energy generation like solar PV, your heat pump will emit fewer and fewer GHGs.
Climate-savvy people agree that down the line, everything that can run on electricity, should run on electricity. There’s even a buzzword for this concept: electrification. This term only broadly covers a move toward powering your home or business with electricity. What we are focused on is “beneficial electrification,” or those technologies that reduce overall emissions and energy costs — so that the end user and the environment both benefit.
Let CORE help you identify the best opportunities for beneficial electrification. We want to provide you with the technical assistance and the funding to fully utilize the electric grid, so eventually, down the line, your home can be carbon-free. Our rebate program is designed to make this even easier: we now offer incentives for fuel-switching projects, including heat pumps, renewable energy systems and battery storage.
We will be updating you regularly on this big and important topic as part of our Electrification Series. Stay tuned!