Step 1: Make a Plan
Before jumping into any changes, it's important to consider how all appliances and heating/cooling systems in your home work together as a system. What works in one home won't necessarily work in another.
Start by understanding how your appliances are powered (gas or electric); consider which appliances might be on their last legs and need to replaced soon; think about the energy efficiency of existing and new appliances; get curious about ways to weatherize to decrease heat loss.
Understanding how these elements come together to make your home comfortable and functional will help clarify where your electrification journey should begin. It will also help determine if adding rooftop solar might be a good option now, or if you should focus on transitioning away from gas-powered appliances first.
Click on the resources in the adjacent table to get more information about how to make a plan for your space.
Building Decarbonization 101
Check out this Building Decarbonization Practice Guide, courtesy of the William J. Worthen Foundation. Offering practical, case study-based guidance, this is a an up-to-date reference tool that design professionals (architects, engineers, contractors, and others) as well as developers, funders, and policymakers can apply now.