Skip to content
Political

Gas policy will slash bills and emissions

Rewiring Australia 2 mins read

 

Rewiring Australia has strongly endorsed Victoria’s decision to ban new gas connections for houses and apartments and said it will reduce energy bills for households, while also slashing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has announced that from 1 January 2024 new gas connections will not be permitted for new build residences. Victoria is the largest user of residential gas in the nation, with 80% connected to the network, exposing them to sharp price rises.

 

Research published by Rewiring Australia since 2021 has demonstrated that there are significant financial benefits to households that replace gas-powered appliances with modern, efficient, electric alternatives, particularly for houses with rooftop solar. It costs a resident of Victoria 49 cents to have a hot shower using gas. But if they use a commercially-available, solar powered heat pump, the cost plummets to just six cents.

 

Heating a Victorian home with gas costs an average of $2.47 per day, but with a solar and battery backed heat pump, the cost more than halves to $1.13.

 

Dr Saul Griffith, co-founder and chief scientist of Rewiring Australia, said the Victorian gas ban is the first step to ensuring all Victorians get access to the financial benefits of electrification.

 

“Victoria has the most to gain from electrification, because it has the most households relying on gas and exposed to price gouging by international gas companies.

 

“The state government has a clear and sensible plan to lower household bills and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. This is the type of commonsense leadership Australia needs.

 

“Electrification is the fastest and most cost effective way to shave thousands of dollars a year from energy bills and lower our emissions. Decisions made around the kitchen table account for 42% of emissions in the domestic consumption economy.”

 

All new Victorian Government buildings will also go fully electric under the policy. And an incentive package will save new homebuyers $4,600 on solar technology while permanently lowering their energy bills. 

 

Rewiring Australia executive director, Dan Cass, said the policy was a profound act of climate leadership. “The hottest days in recorded history have been recorded this year and it is clear we are in a climate emergency that demands faster action. The most efficient and equitable way to accelerate the rate of emissions reduction is electrification.

 

“The fossil fuel industry will bleat about this decision because they want to keep gouging households and they do not care about the planet.

 

“When someone  shifts from grid power dominated by coal to rooftop solar, or from a petrol to electric car, they do more than change an energy source. They permanently lower their emissions and energy bills, and they never look back.

 

Contact: Nick Lucchinelli 0422229032

More from this category

  • Political
  • 29/05/2024
  • 22:37
Quit Like Sweden

Quit Like Sweden Urges Progressive Tobacco Control to Save Millions of Lives on World No Tobacco Day

STOCKHOLM–BUSINESS WIRE– Millions of lives could be saved with a more progressive approach to tobacco control measures, says a new platform committed to encouraging…

  • Contains:
  • Political, Property Real Estate
  • 29/05/2024
  • 06:01
Everybody's Home

Announcement regarding People’s Commission into the Housing Crisis

Everybody's Home has announced a date for the third day of hearings for the People's Commission into the Housing Crisis. On June 25, online hearings will be held to explore First Nations housing, impacts on regional and remote communities, disaster impacted regions, and recommendations for government action. Following last week's hearings, commissioners the Hon Doug Cameron and Professor Nicole Gurran have issued the below communique: Every Australian deserves a decent home. A decent home is the foundation for a good life. Our nation is full of stories of people who achieved amazing things because they had a safe, stable home…

  • Political
  • 25/05/2024
  • 05:41
Electrical Trades Uniom

Minns Government throws cash at Transgrid with no guarantee of job completion

The Minns Government has betrayed hundreds of NSW energy workers with a $3.2 million dollar handout to transmission company Transgrid while the company is in the midst of a protracted industrial dispute.NSW Energy Minister Penny Sharpe has recklessly signed off on millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, without doing her due diligence or securing any guarantees that the company can fulfil the project needs.Transgrid has been in the midst of a protracted workplace dispute for over four months, refusing to offer a decent wage rise to the workforce even as it faces cancellations and delays to projects due to protected…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.