"More than five million households in Australia are connected to the gas
network. Tackling climate change requires homes and businesses to move away
from gas, and instead embrace electric appliances as the power grid shifts to
People can save considerable money by switching away from gas – even more so if
they have solar panels installed. But still, millions of Australians haven’t
yet made the move. Why?
Our new research, released today, seeks to shed light on this question. We
focused on lower-income households in Victoria and found while most
participants supported the transition from gas, few owned electric appliances
for heating, cooking and hot water.
There were two main barriers: people couldn’t afford the upfront cost of buying
new electric appliances, or were renting and so had little or no say over what
appliances were installed. Overcoming these and other challenges is crucial to
ensure no-one gets left behind in Australia’s energy transition."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics