Los Angeles Votes to Ban Most Gas Appliances

On May 27th, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban gas appliances in new construction, a measure meant to address the ongoing climate crisis. Councilmember Nithya Raman says this zero-emission policy, "puts us in line with climate leaders across the country," and over 50 other California cities that have enacted similar bans.

This new policy will gradually go into effect over the course of the next few years and will mean housing and businesses will come equipped with electric stoves, water heaters, dryers, and furnaces. Eliminating these appliances will cut down on carbon dioxide pollution that is contributing to the acceleration of the world's climate crisis. This is a (very) small, positive step for the environment but is great news for Los Angelinos who will more meaningfully and directly enjoy the benefits of having electric appliances. 

As we discussed in this previous blog, "Is Your Gas Stove Putting Your Family's Health at Risk" (as you can guess, the answer is yes), living in a home with a gas appliance is detrimental to our health and safety. In addition to carbon dioxide pollution, they emit nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide, causing issues like increased asthma severity and impeding neurological development in children. 

Want to learn more about what's happening in our state? Then check out this blog about the passing of California Bill AB 2011 and what it means for affordable housing development. And if you're looking to buy or sell a house in the Los Angeles area, email us or give us a call at (323) 412-9060.

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