Take Action: Kicking Gas in 2020: Support for Strong, All-Electric Reach Codes in San Carlos

San Carlos City Council will consider the most significant climate actions the city can take: adopting “Reach Code” green building standards that would make all-electric, zero carbon homes and buildings the mainstream choice for new construction and major residential reconstruction projects.

Add your voice by sending an email before Monday, October 26th asking the City Council to move forward quickly to adopt a strong, all-electric reach code to avoid expanded use of fossil fuels such as natural gas.  

Send your message to: CityClerk@cityofsancarlos.org.

EXAMPLE MESSAGE TO CITY COUNCIL

Honorable Mayor Collins and City Council Members,
 
I am writing to thank you for considering adoption of all-electric reach codes. I urge you to move forward quickly to adopt a reach code requiring new and reconstructed homes and buildings to be all-electric. Preventing the use of fossil fuels, including natural gas, in new and reconstructed buildings will create more affordable, cleaner, healthier, and more resilient housing and buildings for the San Carlos community.
 
Adopting reach codes is the single most significant climate action that the city can take this year. Reach codes promote all-electric heating and appliances that make our homes and buildings safer, healthier, and more affordable, as well as help us meet our climate action plan goals. They also future-proof our city against expensive and uncertain supplies of natural gas.

Following the lead of San Mateo County and 16 area cities, including Mountain View, Redwood City, and San Mateo, that have recently adopted all-electric reach codes would maximize the benefits for our city, including:

  • Saving money – All-electric homes save an average $10,000 in construction costs.
  • Improving health and safety by avoiding indoor pollution and highly flammable combustion sources inside homes & buildings.
  • Making a highly visible and practical step forward to address the climate crisis, by breaking the cycle of fossil fuel dependency in buildings. Each new electric home avoids up to 4 tons of carbon emissions per year.

The reach code would be a strong market signal to spur development of more carbon free, electric solutions for existing homes. I hope you will adopt a strong reach code with all-electric requirements that prevent the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in San Carlos. This is an urgently needed climate action to phase out fossil gas fuel use in our homes and buildings! Let’s work together towards a fossil-free and climate-stable future.
 
Sincerely,
[Your name]

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