31.08.22 By

There’s never been a better time to make the switch away from gas.

Australia is facing an energy crisis, caused by a failure to move swiftly beyond dangerous, polluting and expensive fossil fuels (1). 

Our power bills are skyrocketing, climate impacts are escalating all over the world, while giant, multinational fossil fuel corporations are raking in huge profits (2,3) at the expense of our planet, health, and hip pocket. 

It’s time to take back control. Governments at all levels must lead the way – by accelerating the transition to clean energy, investing heavily in renewables and storage, and prioritising energy efficiency in new homes and social housing. 

But we can also hit the gas industry where it hurts. If you’re a renter, home owner or business owner, you can play a crucial role by harming the bottom line of these corporations which put profits first.

Pledge to go gas-free today and commit to swapping out your gas appliances for cleaner, energy-efficient alternatives, or switch to a green energy provider.

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Going gas-free will save you money on your power bills and make your home or business cleaner, safer, and more affordable to run (4). 

Can you take the pledge today and commit to switching to a green energy provider, or swapping your gas appliances – including hot water systems, cooktops, or heaters – to cleaner, energy-efficient, electric alternatives? 

Research shows that by switching your household appliances to clean, energy-efficient, electric alternatives, you can save more than $1000 a year on your energy bill (5), while cutting pollution in your home and helping Australia reduce its emissions.

The evidence is clear: switching from gas to cleaner, energy-efficient alternatives isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for your health and hip pocket, too. Take the pledge today.

Use this savings calculator to find out how much you could save by switching your appliances and getting off gas:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s causing electricity prices to rise?

There’s no denying that gas prices are on the rise, and many Australians are already feeling the pinch of rising power bills. Essentially, power prices are spiking because of a perfect storm of factors causing an increase in demand for gas; the colder weather over the Australian winter, breakdowns of our ageing and unreliable coal-fired power stations, as well as the war in Ukraine, which is pushing up prices for all fossil fuels.

To be clear, this surge in prices in Australia is not because of a lack of supply. In fact, Australia is one of the top three exporters of gas worldwide, right up there with Qatar and the United States. Nearly 80% of all gas produced in Australia is devoted to the gas export industry. Unfortunately, this forces Aussies to compete with global export prices, while the gas companies make super profits. 

How do household gas appliances contribute to climate change?

Like coal, gas is a dangerous, polluting and harmful fossil fuel. It’s mostly made up of methane, and is up to 86 times more polluting than carbon dioxide in the short term. Using gas for energy, including the gas we use in our homes for cooking, heating and hot water, adds greenhouse gas pollution, a key driver of climate change. 

Australia’s existing use of gas is inconsistent with limiting global temperature well below 2oC, so we must rapidly reduce our reliance on gas.

Why are my gas appliances bad for my health?

Gas is a polluting fossil fuel that harms our health, wellbeing and, of course, the climate. It’s estimated that burning gas in your home is responsible for up to 12% of the burden of childhood asthma in Australia. In fact, a child living with gas cooking in the home faces a comparable risk of asthma to a child living with household cigarette smoke. Read more in our report: Kicking the Gas Habit: Why Gas is Harmful to our Health, or check out this article from Miki Perkins in the Age: I measured gas pollution in my kitchen and this is what I found (yikes)

How much can I save on my power bill by switching to electric appliances?

Switching out your polluting gas appliances for more efficient electric alternatives can save you up to $1859.75 a year on your power bills. Research found that a 200m2 detached home with solar panels, efficient appliances and no gas connections paid an average of $576.90 a year, in comparison to a gas-connected house with no solar and less energy efficiency appliances, which paid an average of $2436.65.

I want to switch my home off gas, how do I get started?

Great! Take the pledge to let us know, then check out our quick guide to getting your home off gas!

I rent a home with gas appliances. What can I do?

Not everyone owns their own home or has control over whether it’s connected to gas. For example, if you live in an apartment building. But you can still take action! If you rent, consider pledging to switch over to a green energy provider that sources most or all of its power from renewables like wind and solar. Check out the Greenpeace Green Electricity Guide for tips on choosing the cleanest energy for your home.

If you have a gas stove, there are cheap, clean and efficient induction cooktops available, including portable options from you can purchase from IKEA, Bunnings and Woolworths (prices range from $60-$80 for a single pot cook-top). There are also many ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, like choosing efficient heating and cooling appliances. Saving energy by taking simple actions like closing doors to rooms not in use is another way to reduce the amount of gas you need to burn. Many homes have both gas heaters and reverse cycle air conditioners installed, so shifting off gas can be as simple as using your super efficient air conditioner’s heating function. Find out more about what you can do here.

I can’t afford to buy new appliances, but still want to take action against gas. How?

The upfront cost of new appliances can be a barrier, especially as Australians are experiencing a rising cost of living. Taking the pledge gives you the option to commit to replacing your gas appliances with electric options as they break down, or over the next three years, so that choosing to go gas-free is more affordable. Remember, the onus should be on governments to help households make the switch, and there’ll be more to come from the Climate Council on how we can urge governments to provide rebates and incentives for everyone wanting to move towards clean, energy-efficient electric alternatives.

I already live in a gas-free home. Can I still take the pledge?

Absolutely! We want to paint a picture of how many Australians are ready to go gas-free, including the number of Australian households that already live in clean, energy efficient homes. If that’s you, take the pledge and select ‘I already live in a gas-free home’ so we can count your incredible efforts to this collective push. 

References
  1. From Fossil Fools to Clean Energy Champions: Charting a way out of Australia’s Energy Crisis, Climate Council, June 2022
  2. How your spiking energy bills are making foreign investors rich, ABC News, 13 Jun 22
  3. Australia’s emissions climbed in Coalition’s final year as transport and fossil fuels wiped out gains during Covid, The Guardian, 27 June 2022
  4. Shoot for the stars: top tips to increase your home’s energy efficiency, Climate Council, November 2021
  5. Want to save $1859 a year? Ditch gas, Sydney Morning Herald,  June 7 2022

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