The home is the keystone of our national infrastructure. Public investment in electrifying our 120 million American households can reap significant benefits for every U.S. resident, in terms of climate, household savings, and job creation, as well as the health benefits of improving indoor and outdoor air quality.
In our report Bringing Infrastructure Home: A 50-State Report on U.S. Home Electrification, we break down these benefits at the national and state level, giving all U.S. residents the arguments they need to advocate for its inclusion in our federal infrastructure investment.
Almost all households get cheaper energy bills
At least 85% of households in the United States — 103 million — could save $37.3 billion a year on energy bills if they were using modern, electrified furnaces and water heaters instead of their current machines.
Most households would save an average of $496 per year
The savings are biggest for the 64.9 million households in the United States across every county who are currently using electric resistance, fuel oil, or propane and would save $496 per year on average.
Meaningful savings for low- and moderate-income (LMI) households
Of the households that save, 44% are low- and moderate income. Each year, they would save an average of $377. Many would save up to $493 per year on average.
It’s essential to reaching zero emissions
Furnaces, water heaters, dryers, and stoves account for at least 95% of residential building emissions but are replaced just once every 10-25 years. Unless we choose modern, electrified replacements for these machines, we will continue to need dirty infrastructure to power our homes, never getting to zero emissions.
Millions of new jobs will be created
Electrification would create 462,430 installation jobs in the United States. In addition, it would further generate 80,000 manufacturing jobs and 800,000 indirect and induced jobs.
Cleaner indoor and outdoor air
Electrifying these appliances would address the 42% increased risk of children experiencing asthma symptoms associated with gas stove use. Such indoor pollution disproportionately affects low-income households with smaller homes. Furthermore, outdoor air pollution from residential buildings currently accounts for 15,500 premature deaths in the United States per year.
At the national, state, and congressional district levels, you can see the benefits of household electrification, including:
- Household savings
- Jobs created
- Emissions reduction
- Health impacts
- New York Times
Sen. Martin Heinrich
"Our future depends on our acting now to confront the climate crisis by enacting policies to convert our economy from fossil fuels to clean energy. By making this switch, we will also create millions of new jobs, save American households money on their energy bills and protect lives by improving the air we breathe in our homes and workplaces."
Alexander C. Kaufman
"The findings, from a national poll taken between July 7-9, could buoy support for the new legislation Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is set to introduce Thursday that would add rebates for new energy-efficient or zero-carbon appliances and heating systems into the federal spending legislation lawmakers are currently negotiating."
"Rewiring America, a nonprofit focused on electrification, conducted research for Heinrich’s team and released its own report Wednesday on home electrification. The report finds that 86 percent of American homes would save money by installing all-electric equipment, and the manufacturing and distribution of the appliances could create over a million jobs."
- Rewiring America
June 30, 2021
"The Zero-Emission Homes Act of 2021 would provide rebates for the purchase and installation of electric appliances and equipment in single-family homes and multifamily dwellings, with additional support for low- and moderate- income households, who spend a larger share of their income on energy than other households."