The White House has announced that the government is going to develop “building performance standards” for federal buildings and establish new Energy Star standards for heat pumps. This is all part of the White House agenda to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. According to this article from the Washington Post, Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director of the Coalition for Green Capital, said “The need for heat pumps is clear. Electric heat pumps are the key central technology for decarbonizing buildings, especially households.”
Installing electric heat pumps in place of a gas furnace and gas water heater could reduce heating emissions by more than 45 percent over the next 10 years. That’s like cutting your car’s carbon pollution by more than half, according to his article from Sierra Club.