The Surprising Truth About Which Homes Have Heat Pumps

June 2023

MIT Technology Review

Lucas Davis, Energy Institute Faculty Affiliate examines in the MIT Technology Review, how the usage of electric heat pumps is correlated with household income.

“’I was just shocked when I saw this pattern,’ says Lucas Davis, an energy economist at University of California, Berkeley, and the author of a June working paper analyzing the data. According to Davis’s analysis, roughly 15% of homes across income levels use heat pumps as a primary heating source.”