Electrify Everything Resources
If you want to learn about beneficial electrification aka #ElectrifyEverything - this is a great place to start. I'll keep updating this list.
Getting Up to Speed
A Practical Guide to Removing Your Gas Meter - My GreenTech article on high/low level views of electrification. Tons of links to further documentation in it. If you only read one thing, this should be it.
Electrify Everything Webinar - An overview of residential electrification aimed at industry pros. What it is, overview of studies, how it should be discussed, what it looks like at ground level and at 30,000 feet, policy suggestions, and more. http://bit.ly/ElectrifyEverythingWebinarbit.ly/ElectrifyEverythingWebinar
Electrify Everything by David Roberts - David coined the term. Great explanation of why it matters.
Electrify Everything Facebook Group - Discussing nuts and bolts. No politics. No climate change. No tribalism. Just doing the work. All are welcome.
Home Comfort 101 - Heat pumps have fairly small outputs, so to get them to work a house has to be reasonably tight. There's a lot of science behind doing that, this is the first chapter of my book and is an entertaining (I hope!) introduction to Building Science and why tighter homes are more comfortable, healthy, long lasting, and efficient.
HVAC 101 - Every HVAC system should be able to do 6 things. Every car can do 5. Most houses can't do any. This is the second chapter of The Home Comfort Book, which is the secret guide to #electrifyeverything.
How Heat Pumps Work and Residential Options - Good intro to heat pumps.
Don’t Heat Pumps Cost More to Run Than Furnaces? - Direct comparison of similar furnace and heat pump heated homes with operating costs to the penny.
Energy Use Intensity Calculator - Until we create value for efficient homes, it will be hard to scale electrification. We're building this calculator on a shoestring based on DOE data, try it out and give us feedback.
Lilli Loves Induction - Our client Lilli was adamantly against induction. Then she tried it. Here's her husband Pete on Twitter talking about it. Induction cooktops are THE key to getting rid of gas meters.
Electrify Everything Store - This will help you narrow down choices, affiliate links so if you buy something, thank you. Induction hot plates, energy monitors, air quality monitors, t-shirts, and more.
Our practice, Energy Smart Home Performance, helps clients solve the roots of problems in their homes. Many end up doing partial or full electrifications. We've removed 7 gas meters and electrified 8 existing homes and 1 new one. Plus a number of hybrids. Here are some of those stories in the most detailed case studies you will find.
1900 House of the Future Case Study - Blue collar client gets "womb-like comfort" with predictable bills. That just happens to be electric.
1918 House of the Future Case Study - Jon Nigro jumped off a high cliff not knowing if his parachute would open. It did, and he stuck the landing. Prettiest case study from energy use perspective.
1890 Habitat for Humanity Retrofit - This project pushed the envelope on multiple fronts, and is an electrification as well. It was featured in the Journal of Light Construction.
1900 TREE House - This project is a Deep Energy Retrofit that now serves as the Environmental Studies department at Hiram College.
Energy Monitor on Hiram College TREE House - The first electrification we helped with. Now the Environmental Studies department.
RMI Building Electrification Study - New homes pencil, retrofits don't.
NEEP Northeastern Regional Assessment of Strategic Electrification - Thorough plan for all market sectors, with residential focus on space heating, water heating, and electric cars. Similar to the 7 Steps to Electrify Everything, it suggests generating renewable electricity, then electrifying end uses.
NREL Electrification Study - Great charts.
National Grid 80x50 Plan - Electrification is one key, no suggestions on how to bring it to market though.
RAP Fuel Switching - Didn't we switch to gas in 1990? Now #electrifyeverything makes sense.
American Gas Association Electrification Study - Consider the source. John Semmelhack's read was that natural gas in US homes is too small of a target, so don't bother with it. Plus it will cost too much and screw up the grid, so don't bother. That said, it's worth a read.
Optimal Decarbonization Pathways for Urban Residential Building Energy Services - University of Texas Austin study 9/18. Using detailed Pecan Street data for Austin, it finds that electrification is critical to decarbonization and found that while HVAC is critical, it doesn't respond well to policy (meaning demand will need to be created directly for it.)
Minnesota's Cleaner Grid - Pathways Toward a Clean, Reliable and Affordable Transportation and Energy System - Dr. Christopher Clack arguably has the most powerful grid model in the world. This study was done for MN, but applies nationally.
Synapse Energy: Decarbonizing the Northeast: It's (Strategically) Electrifying!
EPRI National Electrification Assessment
Articles & Podcasts
How to Buy Clean Electricity in Ohio - I encourage everyone to write a how to for their area using screen shots. This is mine.
Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels by David Roberts - David tells the story of his own house, which he had a new gas line run to.
Justin Guay’s Electrification Story - Holy cow it was hard.
7 Steps to Electrify Everything - My consumer guide to electrification.
Nate Adams on The Energy Gang - Still crazy this happened.
HVAC School Podcast: Removing Furnaces and Cold Climate Heat Pumps - Bryan Orr questions my sanity. I think I passed. Pretty technical, meant for HVAC audience.
Nate Adams Tesla Model 3 Test Drive - I stayed up until 5 AM in Ann Arbor MI to drive this car. I'm a car guy. It was, well, you have to read it now...
Can Electrification Short Circuite the Utility Death Spiral?
40% by 2030 Residential Scenarios - The math is depressing, the ONLY viable path is substantial electrification. My commentary.
Removed Gas Meters Photo Album - Add yours too!
Tony Seba rEVolution - Seba predicts EVs will replace almost all new car sales by 2025 because of the "S" curve. Why? Growth is not linear when it's founded on demand.
Nate Adams is fiercely determined to get feedback on every project to learn more about what works and what doesn't. This blog shows that learning process.