Suppliers often couldn’t tell her how much power each device was using and also tried to convince her to stay on gas, she said.
Energy consultant Tim Forcey said finding suppliers and traders who were on the same page as customers could ease the transition.
Budget-strapped consumers could access its Facebook group, My efficient electric home, he says, where more than 60,000 members help each other answer questions and pass on recommendations.
forcey said Shrine MagazineAustralian non-profit Energy Foundation, Renew magazine and Choice were also great resources.
The next step is choosing your appliances and here Energy Consumers Australia chief executive Lynne Gallagher says most people are better off replacing their appliances one at a time when they reach the end of their life.
“Electricity prices are also rising, appliances have a long lifespan and it will take a long time to recover that investment,” she said.
However, Gallagher said stronger incentives are needed to ensure consumers don’t buy new gas appliances that last up to 20 years.
Yeo took the opportunity to transition suddenly when she renovated her house.
“There’s going to be acceleration away from gas, so it seemed totally crazy to put in gas appliances,” she said.
Yeo estimated that she had spent over $50,000 changing all her appliances at once in the house she shares with her partner and their two children.
This included installing an induction cooktop, an electric heat pump to heat their hot water, and hydronic wall heaters.
Hydronic heating works by circulating electrically heated water through the house through pipes that can also run under the floor.
Electric heat pumps for hot water can be complicated to install, but the state government is offering a 50% rebate of up to $1,000 on qualifying heat pump hot water systems.
High-end induction cooktops can cost upwards of $10,000.
Forcey said people without that kind of cash, or those who live in apartments with shared utilities, could cover their existing cooktop and put a portable induction cooktop on top. These can be buys for $50 at Aldi or $80 at Ikea.
The next challenge is to learn how to use it.
Celebrity chef Neil Perry says the “now you’re cooking on gas” thinking is outdated. “You have a lot more control with induction than with gas,” he said. “People panic because they can’t see [a flame]but the reality is that you learn very quickly.
Consumers may also need to purchase new pots and pans compatible with your new cooktop.
However, Forcey, a former researcher at the University of Melbourne, said people could cut their heating bills by a third.
“The easiest way for a lot of people to stop using a lot of gas and start saving a lot of money is to just find the heat button on their reverse cycle air conditioner,” he said. declared.
Reverse air conditioners could be purchased for as little as $1,000, after applying the state government’s $1,000 rebate.
However, upgrading your heating will have little effect if you don’t properly insulate your home. Forcey said many Victorian homes had numerous vents needed for safety when gas heating was in use.
When you’ve finally swapped out all of your gas appliances, it’s time to call your energy provider to ask them to turn off your gas.
This is to avoid paying the $270 per year provisioning fee that applies whether you use it or not.
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