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Five years ago I read an article in which the author predicted that electricity would become the residential fuel source of the future, displacing on-site fossil-fuel consumption. "Sure," I thought. "He must be wrong." But as I designed my house and did more research, I realized that the author who foresaw electricity's predominance might be right.
In the 1960s and '70s, many houses were built with electric resistance heating and electric hot-water heaters. The systems were inexpensive to install but very expensive to operate. Not surprisingly, all-electric homes fell from favor.