Why switch to all-electric?
Every day more people are motivated to create a completely fossil-fuel free home, powered entirely by renewables. With electric heating, hot water, and cooking, renewable energy can power your whole home.
Now with affordable solar systems and the improved efficiency of electric appliances, an all-electric home can often have lower energy bills than homes using gas, along with increased comfort and safety.
Research by Renew shows that for a home with only one appliance still on gas, it makes financial sense to switch to all-electric. Many Victorian homes will be financially better off going all-electric even if they need to switch two appliances.
By switching your heating, hot water and cooking to electric, you could save hundreds each year in gas connection and supply charges. What’s more, electric appliances don’t carry a carbon monoxide risk.
Rebates for electric heating and hot water
You may be eligible for a Victorian government rebate of up to $1,000 to replace your old heating system with an efficient electric split system. The rebate is open to eligible households with incomes less than $90,000 a year, including renters.
A split system, or reverse cycle air conditioner can both heat and cool your home. And it’s one of the most cost-effective and energy efficient heating or cooling systems.
You could be eligible for a rebate of up to $1,000 to replace your old hot water heater with an approved type of electric or solar hot water system.
Visit Solar Victoria to find out about solar hot water rebates. Eligible households can now claim both the solar PV and hot water rebates.
Use your solar and buy renewable electricity
In an energy efficient home, a large rooftop solar system can meet a large portion of your home energy needs. For some households, it’s beginning to make financial sense to use batteries to store excess solar energy for later use.
By choosing a 100% GreenPower plan from your electricity retailer, you can power your all-electric home with renewable energy with a smaller solar system, or even without solar.
Plan ahead to replace three appliances
There are only up to three appliances in your home that may need replacing to create an all-electric home: heating, hot water, and cooking.
Plan ahead for the time when you need to replace your gas heating, hot water systems and cooking appliances. By doing your research before the appliance gives out, you’ll be ready to upgrade to a modern, efficient electric option.
Hot water systems
Read Renew’s useful guidance on choosing an efficient electric hot water system to meet your needs.
Read Renew’s useful guidance on choosing the right heating system
Read Renew’s useful guide to induction cooktops.
Consider an electric vehicle
With an electric vehicle charged by solar, you can power your transport with renewable electricity, without using fossil fuels. You may be eligible for a Victorian Government rebate of $3,000 when you purchase a new electric vehicle. Or get active with an electric bike or scooter.
Find out more about Zero Emissions Vehicle rebates.
Take a video tour of an all-electric home in Clifton Hill
Two Clifton Hill townhouses achieved an exemplary sustainability standard through smart design and innovative construction practices. They are largely self-sufficient, and all-electric, powered completely by renewable energy. Read their story or watch the video tour.
Watch an induction cooktop in action
Learn to cook two zero-waste, plant-based recipes on an induction cooktop with Open Table. The video is available here.
Watch our webinar playlist on all-electric homes
Videos in our playlist
- Let's electrify Yarra: Why create an all-electric home (YouTube, 1:01:26)
- Let's electrify Yarra: How to create an all-electric home (YouTube, 1:01:27)
- Let's electrify Yarra: Choosing a green electricity plan (YouTube, 1:03:32)
- Mythbusting the all-electric home (YouTube, 1:14:44)
- Yarra All-Electric Home - Follow Up Webinar (YouTube, 1:22:01)
- Yarra All Electric Home Webinar (YouTube, 1:31:47)