How to plan and create an all-electric home
All-electric houses have many benefits, including reducing your reliance on gas and saving money on utility bills.
Under Victorian law, new residential dwellings built in Victoria after 1 January 2024 will no longer be built with gas connections. This will cover all residential planning permits approved from the beginning of 2024.
Switching out gas appliances for energy efficient, all-electric ones can save a household up to $1,000 off their annual energy bills, according to the Victorian Government. This increases to $2,200 if they have solar installed.
"Transitioning away from gas to efficient all-electric homes powered by solar is a great way to save money over the long term – particularly here in Victoria," says RACV Head of Commercial Energy, Tim Nichols.
"At RACV, we understand that many people are in the process of building a new home, so helping households plan to go all-electric from the start is important. This includes helping them install hardware that makes this possible, whether it be a solar panel system, a battery, or an electric vehicle charger.
"But it’s not only the cost saving that makes this transition important; it’s been shown that switching from gas to electric in your home comes with health benefits."
Asthma Australia’s 2023 ‘Homes, Health and Asthma in Australia’ report revealed that indoor air pollution from cooking and heating with gas can trigger asthma flare-ups or contribute to a new asthma diagnosis. Gas pollutants include nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
CEO of Asthma Australia Michele Goldman commented that “The report shows that nearly half (48 per cent) of Aussies are using a gas cooktop. That means many of us are potentially exposed to toxic emissions every time we cook a meal for ourselves and our loved ones, which can worsen or cause asthma, especially in our children.” Cooking with gas was estimated to be responsible for up to 12 per cent of the childhood asthma burden in Australia.
While existing homes can retrofit gas appliances to electric ones, you can ensure your new build is all-electric with these handy tips. You'll also be saving on gas connection fees by not being connected to the gas network from the start.