Reports | 27th Oct, 2021

Creating Victoria’s first gas-free suburbs

New modelling of energy use, bills and upfront costs for 6-Star and 7-Star homes in Melbourne finds all-electric homes are significantly cheaper to run than homes that use gas for heating, cooking and hot water.

But while households would be better off without gas appliances, outdated Victorian planning regulations are forcing new housing developments to connect to the gas network.

These rules are hooking households onto an increasingly expensive fuel, putting pressure on gas supply and making it more difficult for Victoria to reach its legislated emissions reduction targets.

This briefing paper recommends well-overdue changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions and Plumbing Regulations, which would open the way for Melbourne’s first gas-free suburbs, supplying new homes with a cleaner and cheaper source of energy, and leaving households better off financially

You can read or download the full report below.