San Francisco To Phase Out Natural Gas Furnaces, Water Heaters

  • San Francisco Bay air quality regulators have made a landmark move in a national squabble over natural gas-fueled appliances by approving a gradual phaseout of gas-powered water heaters and furnaces.
  • The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) voted on Wednesday to adopt new rules that seek to eliminate harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from these appliances.
  • The rules will ban the sale of NOx-emitting natural gas water heaters in 2027 and prohibit NOx-emitting furnaces in 2029 and large commercial water heaters in 2031.
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