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Gas ban

From: domainremoved <Mark>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 01:18:33 +0000

Dear Menlo Park City Council,

I strongly support a complete ban on the use of natural gas in new
construction homes.

Having built an all-electric (no gas on the property) home on the
Stanford campus in 2017, I can affirm that consumers will save a lot of
money. In particular, they will avoid a gas hookup fee of $3,000 to
$8,000 and gas pipe costs of $1,000 to $7,000 for an upfront cost
savings of $4,000 to $15,000.

In addition, by installing solar on their roofs and purchasing

electric heat pumps

electric induction cooktop

electric dryer

electric cars

electric fireplace

they will eliminate their electric bill, natural gas bill, and gasoline
bill. When I did this, I also received a check each of the last two
years for about $550 for the excess electricity I generated from solar.

These appliances replace fossil fuel appliances at little no net
additional cost. The installation cost of the solar system pays itself
off over 6-7 years with current incentives. After that, energy is free
until the solar warranty wears out in year 25.

In addition, eliminating gas in the home eliminate air pollution in the
home, meaning people will be healthier.

Thus, I would recommend a complete ban on gas, not a partial ban. A
complete ban maximizes cost and health savings.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mark Jacobson

Mark Z. Jacobson
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program         Work tel: 650-723-6836
Stanford University                          jacobson_at_(domainremoved)Yang & Yamazaki Environment and Energy Bldg (Y2E2)
473 Via Ortega, Room 397                      Twitter: _at_(domainremoved)Stanford, CA 94305-4020      www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/
Received on Tue Sep 10 2019 - 18:11:02 PDT

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