Jumpstart your home electrification journey with a May 20 free online tour of seven East Bay Homes.
Come to a virtual tour to learn how seven homes in Berkeley, Oakland and El Cerrito have been upgraded to reduce use of fossil fuels and water, and to increase comfort and resilience in a hotter climate.
See homes with all-electric appliances or greywater and rainwater catchment systems. Learn strategies for electrifying your home with no money down and without upgrading your electric panel. Hear about cooking on induction stovetops across a variety of cuisines that span different cultures.
Each tour will be followed by a live Q&A with homeowners. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about heat pumps that provide both heating and cooling, rebates and tax credits, vehicle-to-home charging for power outages, sustainable building materials, solar and storage options, and more.
Tour on Saturday, May 20, 10 am – 12:30 pm
This year’s tour features seven home tours, each followed by a live Q&A with the homeowner, and expert talks.
All the homes in each tour are partially or fully electrified. Polluting gas appliances have been swapped out for efficient, all-electric alternatives powered by clean electricity from their local community choice energy provider.
Full schedule of details on the tours and speakers:
- 10:00 - Welcome & Concepts
- 10:15 - Home Tour 1
- 10:30 - Home Tour 2 & 3
- 10:45 - Fishing for Rebates (presentation)
- 11:00 - Home Tour 4
- 11:15 - Home Tour 5
- 11:30 - East Bay Loves Induction (presentation)
- 11:45 - Home Tour 6
- 12:00 - Rooftop Solar in 2023 (presentation)
- 12:15 – Home Tour 7
See the online schedule to learn more about each unique home being toured.
Recordings of the tours and expert presentations will also be available on the East Bay Green Home Tour website, along with other resources on electrification.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend previous tours, you can view the 2021 and 2022 home videos.
Green home tours support City climate goals
The City of Berkeley adopted a groundbreaking Existing Buildings Electrification Strategy which lays out a plan for residents, merchants, and others to equitably electrify all buildings. In Berkeley and throughout the state, fossil-fuel powered buildings are the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Methane, the key component of natural gas, is a harmful greenhouse gas that traps 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide. By transitioning buildings to electricity, we reduce methane leakages in the natural gas system, from extraction to pipeline to our homes and businesses.
As more renewable solar and wind energy get added to the electric grid, the carbon footprint of all-electric buildings shrinks. In Berkeley, all-electric buildings that have rooftop solar or have already transitioned to 100% renewable electricity are already zero-emission.
Building electrification is a key strategy to reach the City’s Fossil Fuel–Free and Climate Action Plan goals. Building electrification also supports the City's Strategic Plan goal to "be a global leader in addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice, and protecting the environment."
The City is collaborating with local tour producer Verdant Communications & Project Management, the Ecology Center, and the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Electrification Working Group to host this event.
Join the East Bay Green Home Tour and discover from your neighbors how to jumpstart your electrification journey.