What is Fuel Switching?

What is Fuel Switching?

As its name suggests, ‘Fuel Switching’ is the process of replacing an inefficient fuel source with cleaner and economical alternatives. Electrification is a type of fuel switching, this is the process by which technologies that use coal, oil, and natural gas are replaced with those that draw energy from electricity. Electrification is becoming more common with building decarbonization strategies. An example of fuel switching could be replacing a home’s gas furnace with an all-electric air-source heat pump.

Benefits of Fuel Switching

Rising energy prices and the drive for low carbon fuels are likely to make fuel switching increasingly desirable to homeowners – it can also result in lower operational and maintenance costs. Carbon emissions can be reduced through fuel switching in existing residential or commercial buildings. Fuel switching provides the opportunity for utility companies to offer rebates and incentives to encourage transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

For more information on fuel switching, check out:

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=42776

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