In a First, Electricity Surpasses Gas for Home Heating

Politico: A U.S. Energy Information Administration survey recently found that there are now more households that use electricity to heat their homes than use natural gas. In the 40 years that the survey has been conducted, this is the first time that electricity use has exceeded gas, marking an important milestone for home electrification.

Climate advocates have long been driving the transition from gas to electric in homes. This push has helped to bring about the rise in electric use reflected in the survey, which is thought to be driven by the increasing popularity of heat pumps, which grew by 50% between 2015 and 2020 and are now the dominant heat source for 15% of households in the United States.

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