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Taking Steps Now for Our Future

Submitted by Ed Garren

The state of California is outlawing the installation of Natural Gas appliances in ALL new construction in 2025.  Why not get ahead of that curve and start steps now?  

Also, did you know that gas appliances in homes, particularly our beloved gas ranges, contribute significantly to indoor air pollution?  The air in your kitchen when you’re cooking with gas exceeds EPA standards for air pollution.   

If you didn’t know, I’ve been a licensed Journeyman Gas Pipe Fitter for 50 years.  50 years of installing and repairing my own (and other folks) gas appliances, furnaces, water heaters, cooking ranges, dryers, and (40 years ago) gas air conditioning systems.  So giving up gas in my own home was a significant paradigm shift that I readily embraced once I realized that petroleum is killing our planet.  

And I’ve been driving an EV for almost six years as well.  I have a 5 kilowatt solar system on my house which helps, but that can come last, once a person knows how much capacity they will need. 

I am hoping people can recognize the ease of converting to electric appliances as something we can do now.


Induction range, purchased used for $300.  It cooks faster than gas and has instant control for changing heat settings, just like gas.

Tankless electric water heater, provides enough hot water for a whole house, $350 at Lowes

Installed on the side of my house.

Electric LG dryer, purchased used for $150

2 ton (24,000 BTU) heat pump for common area of the house.  I have 1 ton (12,000 BTU) units for each bedroom (2).  Total cost of installation for entire house, less than $4,000.  Units are ductless, super quiet and use 40% less energy than regular ducted systems.

EV charger on wall, $399 at Home Depot, I’ve had for about 6 years, universal for all EV’s sold in the U.S. (including Tesla with the J-1772 adapter that comes with all Teslas).