The Electrification of Everything

Source: Bacon’s Rebellion.

I remember the all-electric apartments I lived in when I was young, 40 years ago. They were comfortable enough, but far more expensive than the apartments I had with gas or oil heat. The VEPCO bill was always a killer, but more aggravating was that when the electricity went off NOTHING worked except the water faucets.

The most energy-resilient apartment I ever lived in had steam heat and hot water provided by the landlord, a gas stove, and electrical outlets to power the lights, the TV and a stereo. When VEPCO cut off my electrical service, I could still cook, bathe and keep warm (in winter). I could survive.

The drive to electrify everything is, frankly, stupid. It will be expensive to implement, expensive to live with and horribly inconvenient in practice.

6 thoughts on “The Electrification of Everything

  1. And when the electricity goes off, the fan on your NG furnace still works?

    A little story to put things in perspective. Back in the 90s I worked in Dallas with a guy, who after a weeklong backout years before I met him, decided to install a “whole house genset” plumbed into his NG line (as opposed to diesel). Well, then it happened. A tornado ripped through the area north of Love Field and took out his power, the genset popped to life, and he had power… for 1 whole day until, because of the fear of fires, the gas company cut the gas lines.

    It is a usual occurance that gas companies cut gas to electric blackout areas to prevent systems that have electric ignition and controls from becoming the source of leaks. This is especially true in the event of earthquakes because of the fear of broken gas lines in effected buildings and houses.

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  2. There is also an efficiency loss.

    Buring fossil fuels to generate electricity, and then using that electricity to cook or heat requires more fossil fuel per BTU than simply burning natural gas for heating and cooking.

    And the marginal generation of electricity will remain fossil fuel until we have enough nuclear in place. “Renewables” simply don’t have enough capacity to provide the added electricity needed to electrify heating and cooling, or charging the batteries in electric cars, and they do too much damage to the environment anyway.


    1. Induction is the most efficient cooktop(85%) versus gas (40%) as the least efficient. Electric glass tops are about 74%.

      Plus induction doesn’t require a vent to minimize various gases accumulating in the kitchen and house.

      But cooking isn’t the biggest use of energy.

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      1. Yeah the biggest issue is you have to buy all new cookware for that induction oven and it is unknown how long the cookware will last before you have to replace it again, or the oven. That means even more natural resources and energy being consumed and, poof, it all comes to a stop when the wind stops blowing. You know, the topic of the discussion?


        1. When we switched to induction a decade ago, our steel cookware from the 70’s worked beautifully. It was good quality then and now.

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          1. The high end Farberware is still the best deal in town. Huge stainless slab bonded to copper bonded to the pan. Great heat distribution. Now, we bought 3 Henckels fry pans with the granite nonstick. Love ’em. They season like cast iron with any oils from foods or added and take ovening to 500 degrees safely. Sear ’em, flip ’em, and finish ’em at 450 for 5 minutes and you’ve perfect medium rare steaks. Chops take 10.

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