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February 14, 2023

House Passes Bill to Require Eco-Friendly Appliance Replacement Option

This bill would allow Coloradans to replace broken gas appliances with electric appliances under warranty

DENVER, CO – The House passed a bill today on third and final reading that would allow homeowners to replace their under warranty gas appliances with electric appliances. HB23-1134 aims to give Coloradans more eco-friendly and energy efficient options when replacing their everyday appliances.

“We’re making it possible for Coloradans to replace their broken, under warranty gas appliances with more energy efficient electric options,” said Rep. Junie Joseph, D-Boulder. “Many Coloradans are interested in making the switch from gas to electric appliances, and our bill gives them the option to replace unrepairable gas-powered appliances with electric models. This will help save Coloradans money on unpredictable natural gas prices and reduce harmful indoor emissions.”

“Navigating your day-to-day with a broken stove or water heater can be tough, but at least under our bill Coloradans have an eco-friendly option when it comes to selecting a replacement,” said Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins. “This legislation gives Coloradans the option to replace their under warranty, broken gas-powered appliances with an electric equivalent. We’re working to make it easier for Coloradans interested in making the switch from gas-powered to electric-powered household appliances to do so under warranty.”

HB23-1134 passed the House by a vote of 45 to 19 and would require home service warranty contracts that provide coverage for gas-fueled appliances to allow homeowners to replace them with electric-powered appliances if they are still covered under warranty.

This bill aims to give consumers the option to replace their broken down gas powered appliances, including stoves, ovens, furnaces, HVAC systems, and water heaters, with an eco-friendly electric option. 

A growing body of research shows when used without proper ventilation, gas stoves emit unsafe levels of nitrogen oxides indoors. HB23-1134 would also require home warranty service contracts to describe minimum efficiency and performance standards for each gas-fueled appliance and for any electric replacements so consumers can make informed and cost-effective decisions.

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