Join us in 'Electrifying LO'
Many of you are alarmed about the climate crisis and trying to figure out what you can do that will make a difference. You are not alone. In the 2021 Lake Oswego Community Survey, addressing climate change was one of the top concerns of Lake Oswego residents.
Data from the CoolClimate Network, an affiliate of UC, Berkeley, shows that a Lake Oswego household can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% by electrifying everything. That's significant!
LOSN's newest project is called Electrify LO — a campaign to promote electrification of homes and vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are the cause of the climate emergency. The goal of Electrify LO is to give you the information and resources to help you make that transition.
We are launching this project with an April 7 Forum. See the sidebar for details and registration information
Through our Electrify LO program we hope to get everyone in Lake Oswego on to electricity as quickly as possible. We will show you step-by-step how to make the transition to clean energy and help you along the way through:
• Information in online forums and videos, in-person events, and written guides
• Recommended list of local contractors
• Testimonials and advice from community members who have already begun the transition
Heat your home and water with heat pumps
In most houses, heating of space and water are the highest energy users and it is usually done using fossil gas (natural gas). Up to 90% of fossil gas is methane. Methane is over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and at least 25% of today's warming is driven by methane from human actions.
There are great alternatives to fossil gas for heating. Replace your furnace/air conditioner with an electric heat pump. A heat pump works like a refrigerator. In the winter it takes the heat from the outside air and pumps it into your home. In the summer you flip a switch, and it works as an air conditioner by taking heat out of your home and into the outside air. That's right — one system for both heating and air conditioning. Heat pumps use about one half of the electricity as electric resistance furnaces or baseboard heating and are known for their comfort. Heat pumps for water heating are similarly energy efficient.
Fossil fuel furnaces typically need to be replaced every 15-20 years. Fossil gas water heaters typically last 8-12 years. Both become less efficient in the years before they fail. Consider retiring your furnace or water heater early before it breaks down and you need to make a hasty decision.
Induction cooking: A great cooking experience with less climate pollution
Fossil gas stoves have been prized for their ability to heat rapidly and to control temperature changes more quickly. Unfortunately, methane in fossil gas leaks into your kitchen even when the stove is off. Nationwide this has the same climate impact as about 500,000 gasoline powered cars. In addition, a growing body of evidence shows that cooking with gas produces harmful emissions and pollutants that are bad for health and are associated with development of asthma in children.
Electric induction stoves offer rapid heating and control of temperature — but without these pollutants — and are preferred by many professional chefs.
Electric Vehicles: They're here and they are cool
Automobiles and trucks burning fossil fuel are one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. That is why making your next purchase an electric vehicle (EV) is one of the best things you can do to eliminate toxic air pollutants while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. EV options are rapidly expanding. They are fun to drive, less costly to maintain, and have numerous financial incentives that make them affordable.
Make it a point to come to this year's Electric Vehicle Fair on Oct. 1 to see what is available, take test rides and speak with fellow neighbors about their EV experience. Then consider your goal this year is to trade your gas-powered car for an EV.
So when someone wants to know what difference they can make in dealing with the climate crisis, suggest they consider going all-electric and that they check out Electrify LO at losn.org/electrify-lo-project.
The LOSN Electrify LO Project Team is made up of Lisa Adatto, Duke Castle, Linda Ganzini, Mark Puhlman, Mary Ratcliff and Matt Tidwell.
Electrify LO Kickoff Forum
Topic: Accelerating the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy
Speaker: Brian Stewart, former Nike VP of Sustainable Innovation and founder of Electrify Now
When: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration: https://bit.ly/ElectrifyLO or at losn.org
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