Natural Gas usage in Buildings causes 33% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in San Anselmo. The principal component of natural gas is methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas that is a major contributor to climate change. It also presents numerous public health and safety risks, including fire hazards during earthquakes, indoor air pollution with long-term health effects, and periodic explosions in the transmission and service pipelines.
We propose adopting an ordinance that results in all new buildings being all-electric.
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What You Can Do
#1You can power your home with 100% clean renewable energy by switching to MCE Deep Green MCEOPTUP.ORG or the PG&E Solar Choice 100% renewable electricity option.
#2 Install a solar energy system on your home or business with battery storage, if feasible.
#3 Replace gas and oil powered appliances with electric ones. Start by investigating options for electric hot water heaters, heat pumps, and induction cooktops so that you are prepared to swap out the natural gas appliances when it is time to replace them. Marin County is now offering rebates for new electric heating and cooling systems as well as water heaters.
#4 Replace indoor and outdoor lights with LED bulbs, and turn them off when not in use
#5 Have an energy assessment done for your home or business.
#6 Upgrade insulation, seal leaks, and install a programmable thermostat
#7 Purchase Energy Star appliances and equipment.
#8 Unplug electronic appliances when not in use and set the thermostat to use less heat and air conditioning.
Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
As part of the San Anselmo Climate Action Plan, the Town has set a 2020 goal to increase participation in MCE’s Deep Green program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Several Marin towns aspire to increase participation to 20%! Follow our results on our Deep Green Competition and consider signing up yourself!