Choosing an all-electric home or business helps the community move towards a safe and clean energy future.
There are different actions to take, and it doesn’t have to be all at once. Do some research now, then when appliances need replacing or upgrading, you’ll be ready to make the switch.
The Sustainability Rebates Program is available to support residents and businesses in North Sydney to implement energy and water saving initiatives and move to an all-electric home or business.
As part of this program, properties in North Sydney can receive up to $5,000 in rebates for purchasing rooftop solar, rainwater tanks, pool pumps, insulation, heat pumps and many other items.
Five ways to go electric in your home or business
- Install solar or switch to Greenpower
Installing solar is a way to harness free electricity from the sun in the daytime. Solar is about five times cheaper than grid prices and protects you from any price rises. Check out the Clean Energy Council Solar Buying Guide for further information.
While not all households can install solar, anyone can ask for accredited GreenPower from their electricity company to know their electricity is from renewable sources.
- Use reverse-cycle air conditioning for heating
While there are many air-conditioning systems available, reverse-cycle air conditioning is the most cost-effective and energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home.
Reverse cycle air-conditioning allows you to move away from fossil fuels for your heating needs and to cool your home within the one system. You can power the system with solar, if you have it, or by purchasing Green Power.
- Replace gas hot water with a heat pump system
Hot water heating accounts for over a quarter of average household energy costs. It pays to work out your preferred system before the current one fails.
Heat pumps are commonly used in Europe and use a lot less energy which is then cheaper to run in the long term. Heat pumps can also be installed in multi-storey apartment buildings.
The NSW Government has a program to help you replace your old hot water system for a more energy efficient model.
- Move to electric transport
Electric bikes are fantastic options for school drop-offs, visiting friends, heading to the park and grocery runs. They are becoming increasingly common for good reason. They can be charged on clean energy and are a fun and efficient way to get around.
There are also a range of benefits to driving an electric vehicle including reduced fuel costs, higher efficiency, less maintenance, fuel security, reduced traffic noise and air quality improvements.
- Upgrade to induction cooking
Induction cookware is gaining in popularity amongst households and chefs, for its responsiveness and safety. Unlike conventional electric hotplates, induction cooktops are fast and energy efficient.
They are safer than gas for a few reasons:
- there is no open flame
- the electro-magnetism heats the cookware, not the stove itself
- you can typically set cook times (so if you forget, it switches off)
- the residual heat indicators let you know when the hotplates are safe to touch.
Induction cooktops are also much easier to clean than the grooves and furrows of a gas stovetop.
Resources to help you transition to an all electric home
Go Electric Action Plan
Use this Go Electric Action Plan when you update your electric appliances and/or vehicles.
All electric savings calculator
Find out how much you could save by switching your appliances to electric with this savings calculator from the Climate Council.
Learn more about the benefits of electrification and clean energy from Rewiring Australia.
Check out Council's Future-proofing Apartments Program for free assessments, workshops and more!