Check out the stories below of EnergySmart participants that have made the choice to add electrified elements to their homes and feel passionately about sharing the benefits they’ve experienced with others who are considering doing the same.
SUE ANDERSON, UNINCORPORATED BOULDER COUNTY
Sue and her wife have spent decades electrifying elements of their home – from the heat pump to the induction stove – supplementing with solar energy along the way. Rising temperatures due to climate change were a major motivator for Sue as she worked to electrify her home. And while there is initial expense associated with electrification, the short and long-term benefits like lower heating and cooling costs and increased energy efficiency earn Sue’s “1000% endorsement.”
EMILY JACOBSON, LONGMONT
When Emily’s furnace died last winter, she was excited to replace it with an air-source heat pump, adding another electrified appliance to their home in addition to the solar panels that they’d installed on the roof. Emily believes that our reliance on fossil fuels isn’t sustainable and that we have the technology right now to move away from them. With the resources and subsidies available to homeowners, she says that electrification “is for everyone.”
ROBERT STEPHENS, SUPERIOR
For the health of his family and the planet, Robert has set out to electrify various elements of his home – from replacing a gas stove and oven to electric induction, to installing an electric hot water heater and creating infrastructure to charge electric vehicles at home. As a result, he’s been able to reduce the number of bills he pays each month and see an overall reduction in cost. Even though the steps feel relatively small, they add up over time – community investment in electrification matters in the fight against climate change.