Residential Electrification

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Electrification is the process of replacing technologies that use fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) with technologies that use electricity as a source of energy.

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Why Electrification?

In 2018, fifty percent (50%) of Montgomery County’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (PDF, 35MB) came from buildings, and most of those were powered using  electricity and natural gas. Building emissions are primarily generated by using electricity for cooling, lighting, and appliances, and by using fossil fuels, such as gas, for space heating, water heating, and cooking. 

Building electrification is the growing movement to shift away from fossil fuels—like gas—toward electricity for heating and cooking. By shifting to an all-electric home, County residents will receive climate, health, and economic benefits and will help the County meet our climate goals. 

According to RMI, an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives, states that building electrification expands access to affordable clean energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills for pollution-burdened communities.

where to electrify everything in your home Source: Rewiring America

What Can I Electrify in my Home?

Heating and Cooling

According to US Department of Energy, Montgomery County has a mixed-humid climate—which means we have approximately 5,400 heating degree days (65°F basis) or fewer, and the average monthly outdoor temperature drops below 45°F during the winter months—so County residents need heating and air conditioning units to make our homes comfortable.

Heat Pumps are good for your wallet. Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners because they use less energy. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house, and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors.

Current models of heat pumps can even lower electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating, such as furnaces and baseboard heaters.

Heat pumps create cleaner air the air in the home. Heat pumps eliminate harmful indoor air pollutants that are generated from gas-fired furnaces and boilers. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and better indoor comfort in the summer months.

To learn more about the benefits of heat pumps and how to switch to using them, read our heat pump blog on My Green Montgomery.

Water Heating

Another way to electrify your home and by swapping out your gas water heater for an efficient electric heat pump water heater. Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. While a refrigerator pulls heat from inside a box and sends it into the surrounding room, a stand-alone air-source heat pump water heater pulls heat from the surrounding air and transfers it -- at a higher temperature -- to heat water in a storage tank.

Compared to gas or resistance options, heat pump water heaters can be two to three times more energy efficient. According to the electrification non-profit, Rewiring America, heat pump water heaters can last for up to 15 years and lower your home’s GHG emissions by about 10%.

While heat pump water heater systems typically have higher initial costs than conventional storage water heaters, they have lower operating costs, which can offset higher purchase and installation costs. The Department of Energy (DOE) highlights everything you need to know about  heat pump water heaters.


Residents can electrify their kitchen with induction cooking, which refers to a specific method for generating heat. A traditional electric stove uses a burner and radiant heat to cook your food. An induction cooking stove or range uses electromagnetism to cook food inside the pot or pan. Induction essentially cuts out the intermediate step of heating a burner and then transferring that heat to your pot or pan.

With induction, there is an electromagnetic reaction between the burner and the pot or pan. Under the ceramic glass surface of the cooktop lies a coil of copper; when you turn on the power, an electric current flows through the coil and produces an invisible magnetic field. This magnetic field causes the iron molecules in your cookware to generate heat. The heated metal pan then conducts heat to the food or water inside, all while the ceramic glass surface of the induction stove remains cool. Without a pot on the induction burner, no heat will be generated.

Induction cooking offers many environmental advantages compared to a traditional natural gas range and efficiency advantages compared to an electric cooktop. In addition to being faster, safer, and more energy efficient, induction cooking also eliminates harmful pollutants like nitrogen dioxide (NO2) that are emitted by gas stoves—even when they aren’t being used! One study found that replacing a gas stove with induction or electric stove decreased NO2 concentrations by 51% in the kitchen.

Check out our blog on My Green Montgomery to learn how you can switch to induction cooking.

Drying Clothes

Compared to most of the appliances around your home, your dryer consumes a lot of energy depending on how often you use it. This is true of most heat-producing appliances like your furnace, water heater and oven.

All dryers use energy to power a motor that turns the drum and a fan that blows hot air. Most of a dryer's energy goes into producing heat, and this is done with either electricity or natural gas.

Switching to an electric clothes dryer is a relatively easy way to cut down your home’s energy usage, and installing one is straightforward if there are already proper electrical outlets in your laundry area. ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating advanced features -- using 20% less energy than standard models.

What Else Can I Electrify at Home?

Switching to Solar Energy

Depending on your home’s location and its solar potential, installing a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system allows you to generate electricity from your roof, which lowers your overall energy usage and potentially leads to lower utility bills. Pairing onsite solar with a battery back-up for storage means you can use stored solar power after the sun goes down.
To install a solar energy system, follow these steps:


Electric Vehicles (EVs) are powered by electric motors that use energy stored in batteries. Some run completely on electricity while others use a combination of electricity and a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. Some you need to plug in to recharge. All EVs produce fewer emissions than conventional vehicles. When you drive an EV, you save on fuel costs because electricity is much cheaper than gas! U.S. electricity costs have been consistently lower than gasoline fuel for more than a decade. Compare for yourself with research data provided by the U.S. Department of Energy on

If you already own an EV or are thinking of purchasing one, consider installing a home EV charging station if you electrify your ride. Charging an EV at home is convenient and cheaper than public charging stations. Learn more on DEP’s EV Charging page.

Other options to help you electrify your ride: try an e-scooter/e-bike, participate in the bike sharing, or use public transportation!

How Can I Get Started?

It can be a challenge to find all the energy hogs and leaks in your home by yourself. That is why the County recommends getting a Home Energy Assessment to identify specific home improvements you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

Electrify Everything in Your Home

Electrify Everything in Your Home

A guide to replacing all your fossil-fueled appliances with modern electric ones, Courtesy of  Rewiring America.

Permitting Resources for Homeowners
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When performing electrical work, a permit is required from the Department of Permitting Services, and must be obtained by a State of Maryland licensed electrician.

Air Source Heat Pump Buying Guide

Air Source Heat Pump Buying Guide

This guide offers consumers an understanding heat pumps. Courtesy of  Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP).

Beneficial Electrification Toolkit

Beneficial Electrification Toolkit
A free resource to help users understand an electrification program. Courtesy of the  Beneficial Electrification League.

How do I safely remove fossil fuels from my home?

It can be a challenge to find all the energy hogs and leaks in your home by yourself. That is why the County recommends getting a Home Energy Assessment to identify specific home improvements you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

Find a Gasfitter


Montgomery County residents must use a licensed journeyman or Master Level plumber to do any gasfitting or plumbing work in your home. WSSC offers a step-by-step guide on how to find and verify reputable contractors. Those contractors will help determine if permits from WSSC are required.

Gas Service Shut-off

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Property owners who wish to fully abandon/disconnect their underground natural gas service line must contact Washington Gas or BGE to stop gas service to your home.

Remove Fuel Storage Tanks

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Maryland residents that switch from fuel tanks to heat pumps need to comply with MDE regulations on tank closure and removal. Explore MDE’s Residential Heating Oil information to find Maryland-certified technicians and explore reimbursement for remediation services.