By utilizing electricity to heat residential and commercial buildings, the United States could cut 10% of its annual carbon emissions, according to a new report released Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
The report highlights just how widespread carbon reduction efforts will need to be in order to make a significant difference. A zero-carbon electric grid, for instance, would reduce the country's emissions by less than a third. Building heating, transportation, industrial activity and the electric grid are responsible for about 70% of emissions, RMI said.
The report suggests prioritizing retrofits for homes that now provide heat with propane and heating oil and ending the expansion of natural gas distribution infrastructure, particularly to new housing developments.