Is it harder to sell an all-electric house?

All-electric and energy efficient homes do not have to be harder to sell, especially when highlighting the benefits. These homes could potentially earn a higher sale value as potential owners demand more. Daily life is full with messages about natural disasters and environmental responsibility – concerned customers may want homes they purchase to use resources wisely and provide a healthy indoor environment.

Energy efficient and all electric buildings are comfortable, healthy and safe homes – all compelling selling points for clients. Additional insulation and fewer air leaks will keep a building comfortable with less heat or air conditioning needed. All-electric buildings avoid harmful combustion gases from gas stoves, and improperly vented furnaces and water heaters. Induction cooktops do not get hot, keeping occupants safe from accidental burns. In cities prone to earthquakes, avoiding gas lines also reduces the risk of post-earthquake fires.

By helping prospective buyers and tenants understand the multiple benefits of energy, efficiency and all electric real estate agents can building credibility, establishing the firm’s expertise, and better inform important decisions for clients.

There are efforts locally and statewide to share information with consumers on the benefits of all-electric homes. Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Center, scheduled to open in 2020, will provide consumers information on all-electric appliances and the opportunity to see them in action. The Center will highlight an induction cooktop area where residents can learn more about the technology and watch cooking demonstrations.

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1. Why is the City going beyond what the State is requiring when the new energy code already has a large increase in energy requirements?
2. What are the advantages to all-electric buildings?
3. What are the potential drawbacks of an all-electric building?
4. Are all-electric buildings viable today?
5. What happens to electric water heaters and induction cooktops when the power goes out? Isn’t it better to have a gas stove to be able to cook meals and a gas water heater to have hot water?
6. Won’t this add costs and make it more difficult to build housing?
7. How do construction costs compare?
8. How does the life cycle cost compare?
9. Why the focus on new residential construction?
10. How reliable is the electric grid as compared to natural gas pipelines?
11. Will you take my gas stove away?
12. What is this electric induction cooking all about?
13. Can a heat pump water heater match the performance of a gas system?
14. Will the heat pump water heater need to be supplemented by electric resistance?
15. Doesn’t electricity produce emissions as well? What will these buildings run on when the sun goes down?
16. What about adding more electricity to the grid?
17. Does this affect smart meter opt out?
18. Is it harder to sell an all-electric house?