A combination of attractive incentives and utility engagement with developers is making all-electric homes the default for new residential construction in greater Sacramento.
This summer, national homebuilder D.R. Horton broke ground on two new all-electric projects in the Sacramento neighborhood of North Natomas.
D.R. Horton plans to build 104 homes complete with heat pump space heating and cooling, heat pump water heating, induction stoves, and no natural gas infrastructure in the new “Independence” and “Juniper” communities. Six model homes have been completed and construction is expected to continue throughout 2019.
Under its All-Electric Smart Home program, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the regional community-owned utility, will provide rebates worth up to $466,000 to D.R. Horton for the installation of electric appliances and equipment at the two projects.
Developers building all-electric projects can qualify for rebate packages worth up to $5,000 for new single-family homes and up to $1,750 for new multi-family units under the Smart Home program. According to a SMUD statement, in order to qualify for the rebates, new homes “must have all-electric appliances and mechanical systems — no gas line in the home, and no gas service at the property.”
SMUD also offers a rebate package worth up to $13,750 for gas-to-electric conversions in existing homes.