Where indoor pollution comes from in the average American home:
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Gas burned for cooking and heating releases nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and PM2.5 (small particulate matter) into the atmosphere and into our homes. Heat pumps, which can replace gas heat, are four times as efficient at traditional gas heaters, and have the benefit of providing cooling in summer. Using heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction cook tops also reduces the risk of asthma and respiratory illnesses, particularly in children. Further, elimination of gas sources of heat greatly reduces the opportunity for methane gas leaks into the home, which can cause dangerous fires and explosions with little to no warning.
About 70% of homes in Colorado are heated with methane gas, which is a key sources of greenhouse gas emissions at every phase of production, transport, and consumption. The Healthy Electric Homes (HEH) initiative seeks to reduce the need for fossil fuels by working with ally groups and promotes the many environmental and health benefits of switching to electric appliances and heating technology in our homes and buildings.
Immediate, expedited action is critical to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis, many of which are becoming apparent today. It is imperative that we replace fossil fuels with clean, safe, renewable energy; increase energy efficiency; and electrify homes and buildings. PSR Colorado engages concerned health professionals in advocating for and supporting the building electrification movement to transition off fossil fuels.
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