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How to disconnect from natural gas in your home

To avoid future price rises of natural gas – and the associated greenhouse emissions - the best thing a household can do is switch away from gas. If you are building a house you have a great opportunity to connect to electricity only, and avoid the cost of connecting to gas.

Electric appliances these days are actually more efficient than gas ones so you will use less energy by getting new electric hot water, heating and cooking appliances. And your solar panels can supply your electricity needs to run these appliances a lot of the time, avoiding all those greenhouse emissions!

To transfer all your home energy needs to gas essentially you would just make the following main changes:

Do you have?                             

Switch to electric:

Gas hot water                              

Heat pump hot water

Gas-boosted solar hot water                      

Electric-boosted solar hot water or Heat pump

Gas cook top                               

Induction cook top

Gas oven                                     

Electric Oven

Gas hydronic heating                   

Heat pump hydronic heating or Split system air-conditioning

Gas vented central heating          

Split system air-conditioning

Gas heating                       

Split system air-conditioning

A few things to help you make the switch:

  • Induction cook tops work with any pots and pans that are made of a magnetic-based material, such as cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. Fully clad cookware brands like Le Creuset are fine usually. Just get a magnet off your fridge and check each of your pots – you’ll most likely find that most of them work fine so you won’t need to buy a whole new set of pots and pans!
  • Induction cooktops are also just as effective at controlling the cooking temperature as a gas cooktop is.
  • If you have gas central heating and you don’t use all the rooms that are being heated, consider just installing spit systems in the rooms that you use regularly.
  • Split system heating/cooling can come as:
    • single units in each room,
    • a “multi-split” system where one unit heats a few rooms, or
    • a ducted system that heats the whole house.

All these systems have vents or units in the ceiling or walls. Ducted systems are less efficient because a lot of heat is lost while it travels through the ducts in the ceiling to each room, so individual units are preferable.

  • Underfloor heating or hydronic heating systems can be heated by a heat pump as well.
  • All defunct appliances can be recycled at a scrap metal dealer and/or at your Council transfer station.

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