Home Electrification: There is not much to do, and it does not have to be hard (Part 1)

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00:00 Intro
01:43 Three Quick Notes
02:39 Most of your things is electrical
04:27 The four things we need to deal with
06:22 Single-family vs. Multi-family homes
07:30 The capability problem
09:59 There’s plenty of time in a day
13:12 Smart circuit breaker panels
16:24 How they can unfolded 100A
18:53 Some future potential
20:02 Electrical codes and this new frontier
21:11 Building heat (and insulation!)
23:39 Resistive backup heat
25:18 A conversation on how much energy we truly need
28:22 Even a big firmly request is manageable, though
29:18 A quick note for those with boilers
30:53 bloops


  1. Technology Connections

    Hi! So I didn’t really explain _why_ getting a service upgrade is a headache. In short, your utility often (but not always) needs to replace the wires that go from the transformer (wherever that may be) to your meter box, and then from the meter box to your panel. In addition to being a lot of work, it might not always be possible. I talked about this and some other issues over on Connextras if you’d like to take a look.

    • @how to drive a Tardis? run it to the max or very close to it all the time, I can see it as being a good way to start fires?

    • @Balázs Molnár how much lube oil would your expert a windmill to use? it not burning it is it, ?

    • No kidding! We just did a service upgrade last November. Not only was it a headache (and an expensive one) our province requires the house to be wired up to code before the power can be turned back on. So not only did they replace everything from the panel to the street, they had to go through the house and make sure every room had the correct number of outlets, that we had GFCIs on the kitchen outlets near the sink, and add wired-in smoke detectors.
      On a different note, are you planning on doing a video about insulation retrofit/upgrades? Our house is very under-insulated, so having some idea of what to prioritize and/or insulation type(s) that deliver the most bang for one’s buck, it would be most appreciated.

    • Just had this done it’s around $6000 to do so in Chicago to go from 100A to 200A assuming no panel upgrades or re-wiring etc…

    • @ALEPH NOLE lol

  2. Pete does some mildly interesting things

    This is interesting to me as an Aussie who has only lived in 2 homes with gas installed. The other 11 were electricity only.

  3. I will continue to heat my house with wood, When I bought my house it was heated by electricity and my first winter when it got cold my electric bill was $700 to heat a 742 square foot house. I immediately purchased a used wood stove and then bought stove pipe for a chimney. I now use Pellets instead of firewood and it costs me $100 a month to heat my house. As far as electric cars and the environmental impact those have I will keep that thought to myself because hey as long as it isn’t destroying the environment in our country it’s green right? I’ll stick with burning dead dinosaur squeezings for my truck, my wifes van and our motorcycles.

  4. Santiago Carranza

    Holly cow! 100amps on residential setups. With an option for 200. Here in South America we get 32amps… 50 if you can bribe the guy setting up your meter…

  5. The heating and cooling guy said my breaker box would need to be updated to accommodate a heat pump. My current gas furnace doesn’t draw as much power as a modern air handler. I’d also probably need to update the air handler receptacle to 240v because I believe it’s currently 120v. He made it sound like an expensive, difficult issue. I’m concerned that the breaker is the tipping point for the investment. I perked up over the Span talk, but installing that would definitely put me over budget ($4500 just for the breaker panel…). It’s frustrating because gas heat is the only gas I use – seems like my conversion should be low effort.

  6. This will work in a normal home but someone like me who lives in snowville isn’t really going to cut it. I was in that snow storm in buffalo and was out for 3-4 days with no electricity. My father had an electric stove but I had a gas one which saved us because we could have been one of those people who died in their cars.

    What I am saying is I am all for this movement but in case of emergencies gas should be a viable backup in cold and snowy towns in the home or each home have a few generators.

  7. It needs to be mandatory that new AC installations are combined with water heating. Waste heat inside liquid line after AC compressor runs thru heat exchange coil inside water heater first and heats up water. After that it is further cooled by existing condenser in outside unit.

  8. Our subdivision was built all-electric, with baseboard electric heat. Virtually all converted to gas, we did not. Our neighbours laughed behind our backs. We’re now having the last laugh.

  9. Most of my house is electric. I’ve got the heat pump, the electric water heater, the electric dryer, and the EVSE. I’ve got two gas things, the fireplace (which is just a nice to have thing, it doesn’t get used all that much) and the stove. And the stove is NOT changing. Ok, it actually did change, from electric to gas. I had to have a gas line run to it so I could get rid of the horrible electric stove that came with the house. And I’m not going back. Worse indoor air quality? Don’t care. Induction boils water faster? Don’t care. When you can fire roast a pepper on an electric stove, let me know. Until then, gas wins. (And why does everybody pushing electric stoves always talk about boiling water anyway? You’d think cooking=boiling water from all the talking done about it. Just boiling water quickly isn’t something I do all that often, and if I did I’d get one of those electric kettles for it.) And anyway, induction is EXPENSIVE. My gas stove cost me $400 because I found a model I liked scratch-and-dent on ebay, and I modified one of the burners to get a LOT more fire out of it. I’m not going to pay thousands for a stove that can’t do what I want to be able to do.

  10. Upgraded to a natural gas furnace, the rest of the appliances are still electric. I don’t need a dryer upgrade, but cannot wait to upgrade the stove/oven. This electric garbage needs to go asap.

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