You may have seen the headlines about local gas bans in new construction. You may have also seen the studies and read the editorial pieces claiming gas stoves are filling homes with pollutants that negatively impact indoor air quality. While primarily directed at natural gas, we must recognize the larger fight taking place throughout city and state governments encompasses all gas – including propane.
Key talking points to help guide you in crafting a response.
- Cooking reduces indoor air quality no matter what kind of stove you use, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
- CARB recommends using a high-efficiency range hood or exhaust fan.
- In lieu of a range hood or vent fan, opening windows or exterior doors is advised.
- Adding a ventilation hood is far more practical for most American families than costly in-home conversions or renovations from gas to electric.
- Have a qualified technician inspect your stove every year.
- The cost of switching millions of homes from gas to electricity for cooking would be staggering.
- Replacing gas stoves with electric stoves wouldn’t eliminate indoor air quality concerns.
- Most gas appliances are already incredibly efficient – upwards of 93% or better in some appliances.
- Propane delivers 99% of energy to the home.
- Electric is very inefficient, delivering only 32% of energy used from generation to delivery to the home.
- Better ventilation is the answer.
Food for thought.
- The Environmental Protection Agency does not list gas stoves as significant contributors to indoor air quality or a health hazard.
- Top chefs and restaurants prefer gas for good reason! Amateur chefs and cooking enthusiasts should have that same choice as well. Cooking with propane is a pleasurable experience.
- Propane and natural gas have many similarities, but the two fuels are not the same.
- Unlike natural gas, propane contains no methane, thus not directly contributing to global warming.
- Electrification alone does not eliminate harmful emissions.
- 60% of all electrical power generation in the United States comes from burning natural gas or coal.
- Electrifying everything will take over 20 years and cost about $20-$25 trillion.
- Clean and renewable energy like propane can accelerate decarbonization today.
- Renewable propane, derived from the processing of agricultural biomass, has an ultralow carbon intensity.
- Renewable propane’s chemical structure and physical properties are the same as propane and can be used for all the same applications.
- Simple actions like regularly changing the air filter on your HVAC system in your home, having your appliances checked by a qualified technician, and performing all necessary maintenance on the appliance is key to maintaining indoor air quality.