Energy can be consumed in various forms, either through the burning or processing of fuels, such as natural gas or motor gasoline for heating our homes or driving our vehicles. Electricity, which is consistently getting cleaner due to a shift from coal to renewable energy, such as wind and solar, is increasingly a key solution to cleaner energy use.
Percentage electrification denotes the portion of energy use by each resident, which is from electricity, as opposed to direct fuels, like propane, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene or diesel. In other words, 67% electrification for building means, two-thirds of all energy consumed by the structure in any given year is electricity, and one-third is some form of liquid or gaseous fuel. Typically, the higher the electrification percentage, the more efficient and clean the energy source is. Whenever possible, direct fuels should be transitioned into electricity usage, such as through using electric heat pumps for buildings, or electric vehicles for transportation.