Heat pumps set to become the new norm in New York

New York City at night

New York has announced plans to phase out fossil fuel-burning furnaces in an effort to address climate change — last year New York City (NYC) signed a mandate phasing out fossil fuels in new buildings, accelerating the construction of all-electric buildings.

New York City is proof that it’s possible to end the era of fossil fuels, invest in a sustainable future, protect public health, and create good paying jobs in the process

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The state’s Climate Action Council has adopted a plan (All-Electric Building Act S6843C/A8431B) that requires energy-efficient electric heat pumps or other non-combustion heating systems in every new home built starting in 2024.

New York City (NYC) is requiring the phasing out of fossil fuels in new buildings. This first of its kind law represents a significant shift in how buildings use energy for heating and cooling. The law aims to prioritize air quality, public health, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

NYC’s law phases in strict emissions limits for fossil fuels in newly constructed residential and commercial buildings beginning in 2023, with the goal of requiring all buildings to be fully electric by 2027.

Under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, signed into law in 2019, New York State committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and 85% by 2050. The Climate Action Council was authorized by law to map out the details, the council’s plan is the official policy for how the state government will meet its ambitious climate change plans.

  • 70% renewable electricity by 2030
  • 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040
  • 40% reduction in statewide GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2030
  • 85% reduction in statewide GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2050
  • Net zero emissions statewide by 2050

The state is implementing financial incentives to encourage the adoption of heat pumps, and is also providing support for education to help residents and businesses make the transition.

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient way to heat and cool a home. They use electricity to transfer heat, making them up to five times more efficient than fossil fuel systems. On average, heat pumps are less expensive for heating than using electric resistance, propane, or fuel oil.

There are several tax credits available for homeowners who install clean electricity products. The High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA) offers low-income households 100% of the cost of a heat pump up to $8,000. Moderate-income households may be eligible for 50% of up to $8,000.

Additionally, the Clean Energy Tax Credits offer a 30% credit, up to $2,000, for homeowners who exceed the HEEHRA income threshold.

New York is following Washington’s decision to require all new homes and apartments to install heat pumps starting July 2023. States coast-to-coast are looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to cleaner energy sources by investing in better technologies such as heat pumps and induction cooking.

New York State and NYC’s decision to phase out fossil fuel-burning is a significant step towards addressing climate change and transitioning to cleaner energy sources. By transitioning to heat pumps, homeowners and residences not only save on energy costs, but also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a cleaner energy future_


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