Electrify your home
How to best take action to mitigate climate change can be a big topic, but experts agree that moving towards electrification powered by renewables is a great step in the right direction.
How to do it?
- When appliances need replacing, replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gas and petrol vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on electricity, like split system air conditioners, electric vehicles and heat pumps.
- Plan ahead where you can, so you know what you want to install when you need to.
- Once you have everything off gas you can remove the supply of gas to your home or just disconnect your service to save on connection fees.
- Transition to using solar power and batteries to power your house and car or alternatively purchase renewable or ‘green power’ from your power provider.
Why go electric?
Gas can be harmful to your health.
According to research reported by the ABC, gas stovetops release chemicals that can harm human health during cooking and even while not in use.
Learn more on the ABC website.
The National Asthma Council adds that “Scientists have found that around 12 per cent of childhood asthma in Australia can be attributed to the use of gas stoves for cooking.”
Learn more on the National Asthma Council website.
“Carbon monoxide could be spilling into your home while your gas heater is running. It doesn’t make a sound. You can’t see it or smell it,” adds Energysafe Victoria, as part of its campaign about the importance of servicing gas heaters to reduce risk. Switching your appliances to electricity eliminates this risk.
Switching to an all-electric home with solar and batteries can significantly reduce or even eliminate your energy bills.
With the cost of both gas and electricity rising sharply, an all-electric home powered by renewables offers an appealing alternative. You can transition to this by staging your upgrades prioritizing areas in your home that use the most energy.