Affordable, Clean Heat for New York
Ask your legislators to support the NY HEAT Act
Why It Matters
Buildings – and the appliances inside of them – are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in New York. From gas furnaces to stoves, the open combustion of fossil fuels inside our homes is bad for us and the planet.
“Natural” gas is methane – a potent greenhouse gas with climate warming potential up to 25x greater than carbon dioxide. When methane is burned, it exacerbates respiratory conditions like asthma in children, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations.
On top of this, fossil fuels in our homes are bad for our wallets – in the last 5 years, New Yorkers have contributed to over $1 billion in subsidies for the expansion of dirty infrastructure. Unless we take action today, that number is likely to reach hundreds of billions in the coming decades.
Natural gas is unsafe and expensive and has no place in New York’s homes.
What’s the Solution?
The good news is that higher-performing, efficient, and clean appliances exist for every use of gas in buildings. Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling at 300x (or more!) the efficiency of a gas furnace in all weather conditions. Induction stoves enable superior, precise, safe, and powerful cooking without health hazards.
Electric appliances are right for the planet and right for our families. They’re also right for our wallets! Especially when paired with generous federal incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act, these appliances can lead to significant long-term consumer cost savings.
First, however, we need to change the state law that requires new gas expansion projects to be subsidized by New Yorkers, and work together to modernize our infrastructure plans to align with that clean future.
What Can I Do?
Counterspark is calling on the New York State Legislature to pass Senate Bill 2016/Assembly Bill 4592. Contact your legislator today to tell them that you support affordable, clean heat for New York.