Buildings are where Chicagoans work, eat, and live. They play an outsized role in our daily lives-with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimating that we spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors. Our buildings and homes, however, are not always the safe havens we might imagine them to be.
In Chicago, approximately 82 percent of buildings use fossil-fuel powered appliances such as gas stoves and boilers that spew planet-harming carbon emissions into our communities and release toxic pollution inside our homes, like nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, that cause negative health impacts. The use of fossil fuels in buildings is also expensive, burning a hole in the pocketbooks of Chicagoans as prices spike due to global events and expensive gas infrastructure programs. In contrast, buildings powered by electricity are free from these spikes in gas prices and, as the grid incorporates more renewables, run on cleaner and cleaner energy. Continue reading on the BPA Journal