Problems in the average American home and where indoor pollution comes from:
Immediate expedited action is critical to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis, many of which are beginning today. In order to halt climate change, it is imperative that we replace fossil fuels with clean, safe, renewable energy; increase energy efficiency; and electrify homes and buildings. PSR Colorado advocates for and supports the home and building transition by bringing concerned health professionals into the building electrification movement.
About 70% of homes in Colorado are heated with methane gas, which is a key driver of the climate crisis. The Health Electrive Homes (HEH) initiative seeks to reduce the need for fossil fuels by working with ally groups and promoting the many environmental and health benefits of switching to electric appliances in our homes and buildings.
Gas that is burned in our homes releases nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and PM2.5 (small particulate matter) into the atmosphere as well as into our homes. Heat pumps, which can be used instead of gas heat, are four times as efficient at traditional gas heaters and have the benefit of providing cooling in summer. Use of heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction cook tops also reduce the risk of asthma and respiratory illnesses particularly in children. Further, elimination of gas sources of heat greatly reduces the opportunity for dangerous gas leaks, which harm humans with little to no warning.
To avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis, we need to move quickly toward replacing fossil fuels with clean, safe, renewable energy; increase energy efficiency; and electrify our homes and buildings. PSR Colorado supports this transition by bringing health professionals into the building electrification movement.
Two fact sheets: