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Getting off gas: What you can do at home

Going all-electric is better for the environment, your health and your hip pocket, but the upfront costs of upgrading gas appliances can be prohibitive for many households. The good news is there are plenty of easy and low-cost options that can help anyone reduce their methane gas consumption, and a range of government rebates to support Victorians to electrify.

Take advantage of the rebates available

In Victoria there are a range of government rebates than can assist households with the cost of switching to efficient electric appliances.

Through the government’s Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program, households can apply for rebates worth up to $3600 to install efficient electric appliances including reverse cycle air conditioners, heat pump hot water systems, efficient lighting and more.

In December 2023 the Allan government announced the expansion of their VEU program to support families to upgrade to efficient electric induction cooktops over 2024.

Click here for more information about the Victorian Energy Upgrades program and a list of available rebates.

Plan ahead

You don’t have to do it all at once! Switching out old gas appliances can be part of your long-term planning. By doing your research before an appliance gives out, you’ll be ready to upgrade to a modern, efficient electric option.

‘Renew’ has some fantastic practical resources to help households replace gas with efficient electric appliances in their Getting Off Gas Toolkit.

The ‘My Efficient Electric Home’ group on Facebook is also a great place to get tips and answers for any questions you have.

Try a portable induction cooktop

The 3 Best Portable Induction Cooktops 2023 | Reviews by Wirecutter

Switching from a gas cooktop to induction can be tricky – particularly if you’re renting or on a lower income.

That’s where a portable plug-in induction cooktop can be a winner. They’re relatively lightweight, one-hob appliances that run on your existing home power point. They’re also affordable, with many good options costing between $49 and $100.

With this simple plug-and-play appliance you might soon find yourself ditching gas cooking for good!

Check out the CHOICE guide to buying a portable induction cooktop here.

Use your existing reverse-cycle AC for space heating

Gas heating is now about the most expensive and polluting way to heat a home. Reverse cycle air conditioners are now much cheaper – and better for our climate too.

However analysis has shown that there might be as many as 1 Million households in Australia which own reverse cycle air-conditioners but don’t use them for space heating. If you are one of them, then switching on your reverse-cycle AC instead of the gas heater is a simple and easy way to keep cosy and reduce your gas bill.

Improve your efficiency

You can reduce your consumption of gas without changing any of your appliances simply by being smarter about how and when you use them. Simple DIY home insulation tricks can dramatically reduce your heating bills.

How to save energy at home

Environment Victoria

To help you save energy at home, we’ve put together this handy list of small, medium and large upgrades you can make to your home.

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