What the Impending Gas and Fossil Fuel Appliance Ban Means for Homeowners in New York
If you’ve heard about the impending gas and fossil fuel appliance ban in New York, you might be wondering what it means for your home. Here’s the good news: the first legislative ban of its kind will apply to most new buildings, including single-family homes.
The ban, endorsed by the NY governor and Democrats in the state legislature, would prohibit the use of fossil fuel furnaces, water heaters, clothes dryers, and gas stoves in most new constructions. It would also make New York the first state to take this step through legislative action; California and Washington have implemented similar measures through building codes. Although the agreement has not been finalized, the new restrictions are included in all three plans being discussed in Albany.
Fossil fuel use in buildings is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The proposed law in New York is a potential national model that could encourage other states and the federal government to limit fossil fuel use in buildings. There are some exemptions, including:
- emergency back-up generators
- commercial kitchens
New York's climate law calls for drastic reductions in emissions in the coming years, with a goal of net zero by 2050. The fossil fuel ban for new buildings is part of New York’s climate plan. New York City has already enacted a ban on fossil fuel combustion equipment, including stoves, in most new buildings under seven stories. There are some exemptions for restaurants and specific uses, beginning next year (2024) and in 2027 for taller buildings.
The takeaway here for homeowners in New York: the ban does not apply to existing homes. So, if you have a gas oven and/or stove in your home, don’t worry. If you’re planning on building or purchasing a new construction home in the future in New York, you won’t be able to include a gas oven or stove, assuming the ban goes through. It most likely will, and we’ll update as more news comes out.