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April 24, 2023

A Old Timer’s Opinion on Banning Gas Appliances

A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of a local neighborhood association. It was interesting to hear how the residents reacted to current and proposed laws passed by the state, county and city. The other amazing view was how easily they went along reciting propaganda.

The city recently passed an ordinance that banned gas appliances within the city limits a few years before the state regulation is adopted. There was a resident, I’ll call him “Justin” who was a real estate agent, worked for a home builder and said he was knowledgable on the subject that said, “I have no problem with this.” He went on to say that home builders have already adopted this regulation and are building “All Electric” homes. He went on to say it was “no problem and a benefit to the home builder” because it was good to be ahead of the curve. After some comments from the residents he amended his embrace of the ban by saying, “this is only for new construction, if it goes to retrofitting existing homes, it’s a real problem and I’m against that.”

Well, Justin, obviously you are oblivious to the law. It IS going to mean retrofitting because the law bans the SALE OF NEW GAS APPLIANCES! If your current appliance breaks and needs to be replaced you HAVE to buy and electric replacement. That means if your home does not have the high voltage electric circuits they will have to be installed and that is very expensive. Most existing homes do not have the electric capacity to handle the high voltage for water heaters, furnaces, stoves and ovens. In California there is not enough electricity to go around now and you think a few years down the road there will be more. When I was young, California never had blackouts, brownouts or outages. The electric system had plenty of capacity and the only time there was a problem was when equipment broke or there was an accident that took out power poles and lines. The problem with electricity back then was it was more costly than gas. In the late sixties and early seventies home builders were promoting “Medallion Homes” which were “all electric.” They phased these homes out because they were too expensive to operate because the electricity needed was not as cheap as natural or propane gas. Like I always say, “what is old is new” so we are going back to what was done years ago. The only difference now is that we have a third world electric system that is not capable of handling the current needs and we are going to add more demand to a system that is already broken. On top of that don’t forget to add the electricity required to charge all the new electric cars people are buying.

This is insanity! If you want to see how this is going to end up just look at the roads near your home. Investors and builders keep building homes, warehouses, shopping centers and more but they rarely widen the roads to handle the increased demand. Commutes get longer, more time is being wasted and more stress is put on the system causing it to crumble. This is what is going to happen to our electrical system. One day you’re going to flip the light switch on and the entire electrical system is going to crash. I’m sure “Justin” will have no problem with that or maybe you should learn to think for yourself instead of following the propaganda that is shoved in front of you. Think about that when you are sitting in your dark home.

That’s An Old Timer’s Opinion.

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