Switch to an all-electric home
Be part of a clean energy future by changing your home to all-electric.
The best way to run your home - for your wallet, health and the climate - is to have all electric appliances and cars, powered by renewable energy.
There are five key ways you can Go Electric in your home or business:
- Install rooftop solar or switch to GreenPower
- Switch to reverse-cycle air conditioning for heating
- Replace old gas hot water system with heat pump system
- Upgrade to induction cooking
- Move to electric transport
Start by planning what you can afford to change and when. Get to know the current energy efficient options so when appliances like hot water heaters come to the end of their life you’re ready to make the switch.
To support you along the way we’re running a series of Go Electric workshops together with Waverley and Randwick Councils. The workshops include interactive sessions about rooftop solar, hot water options, induction cooktops, heating and cooling and electric vehicles.
See our upcoming environmental events.
How to Go Electric in your home or business
1. Install rooftop solar or switch to GreenPower
Join the 1236 local households who’ve joined the shift to a clean energy future by installing rooftop solar. Rooftop solar panels are a great way to reduce your energy bills and carbon emissions. Check our webinar recordings and online resources to help you get started.
Switching to GreenPower is a great option if you’re renting or your roof isn’t suitable for solar.
2. Switch to reverse-cycle air conditioning for heating
Heating and cooling are now the biggest sources of household energy use in Sydney homes so investing in energy efficient systems makes a lot of sense.
Reverse-cycle air conditioning can cool and heat your home. It is most the cost-effective and energy efficient way to heat your home, and if it’s powered by solar or GreenPower, it’s running on clean, renewable energy. You will find some tips for selecting efficient home air-conditioners here.
3. Replace old gas hot water system with heat pump system
Water heating accounts for over a quarter of average household energy costs so it pays to select your ideal system before your hot water fails and you end up investing in an inferior system under pressure.
Hot water heat pumps and high-performance solar hot water systems are the best water heating options for improving environmental outcomes and saving on energy bills.
This article will help you understand how hot water heat pumps work and their benefits.
4. Upgrade to induction cooking
Induction cooktops are becoming popular for good reason. They’re safer, incredibly responsive, and save energy by cooking faster and losing less energy in the process. Choose induction when replacing your gas or electric stovetop.
Choice has a great article to help you research the best stovetop for your needs.
5. Move to electric transport
The Woollahra local area has one of the highest uptakes of electric vehicles in Australia so we’re installing public EV charging stations to support our community making the switch. Electric bikes and cars powered by renewable energy help reduce local transport emissions.
Riding, walking or catching public transport will all help reduce air pollution while improving health. Our new bike path between Double Bay and Rose Bay is helping to make riding safer and more enjoyable in our local area.
Make your own plan to Go Electric
Step 1: Record the age of your gas appliances and petrol/diesel vehicle (check receipts or the appliance nameplate).
Step 2: Choose your future electric appliances and vehicle.
Step 3: Prioritise the order of replacing your appliances and vehicle.
Download your Go Electric Plan with appliance information, benefits and tips(PDF, 214KB).
Check our environmental events page for details.
What are the health benefits from electrification?
The incomplete combustion of natural gas has long been associated with asthma in children and the elderly. Electrifying our homes and vehicles reduces the pollutants associated with burning fossil fuels and makes our homes and streets healthier.
How much money can an all-electric household save?
Australian households could be saving up to $5000 per year by replacing all major household appliances with energy efficient electric appliances, purchasing an electric bike and car, and generating renewable energy through rooftop solar (Rewiring Australia, 2022).
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