Get off gas: A step-by-step guide to transitioning your home

There are so many good reasons to get off gas – it’s a fossil fuel that harms people’s health and wastes money (just to name a few). But actually switching all your appliances can be tricky. This step-by-step guide covers the essential steps to making the switch.

Why get off gas?

Protecting your family’s health

Studies have found that using gas at home can cause up to 12% of childhood asthma cases, which is the same as someone smoking tobacco in the home. [Source: Asthma Australia]

If you wouldn’t have a smoker at home then it’s time to switch from gas to electricity.

Bill savings

40% of all household energy use is spent on heating and cooling, 23% on heating water and 5% on cooking [Source]. The price of gas is rising every year, and is expected to keep increasing. There are also very few gas retailers, which means limited competition.

By switching your heating, hot water and cooking from gas to efficient electric systems a household can save significant amounts on their bill.

Add a home solar system, and the average household can can cut their energy bill by up to a half (or even make it $0 with a solar battery).

Environmental benefits

Gas is a fossil fuel, and burning it contributes to climate change. Switching from gas to electric appliances running on renewable energy (either through a green energy provider or your own rooftop solar) is one of the easiest ways for households to combat climate change.

Government rebates

As part of a national shift away from consumer gas use, certain states, territories, and local councils offer government rebates for replacing gas appliances with efficient electric ones.

How to get off gas

Step 1: Identify the gas appliances to transition

Make a list of the gas appliances you have in your home that will need to be transitioned, including gas cooking (stove and oven), gas hot water and gas heaters.

Gas cooking, gas heating, gas hot water.
Identify the gas appliances in your home that will need to be replaced with electric appliances.

Step 2: Decide what to replace them with

For each gas appliance you will need to find an electric replacement. There are lost of options, but if you want to get the highest bill savings then it’s best to go with the most efficient replacements. This means:

  • Replacing gas cooking with induction cooking (read our guide).
  • Replacing gas heating with a reverse cycle air conditioner (read our guide).
  • Replacing gas hot water with a hot water heat pump (read our guide).

Step 2: Estimate savings, costs and government rebates

Once you have selected your replacements, you will need to find out:

  • How much the replacement will cost.
  • How much the replacement will save you in energy bills.
  • Whether you qualify for any government rebates.

When calculating the savings don’t forget to take into account the extra savings you will get if you plan to get home solar. Getting solar means you can run your new electric appliances from renewable energy.

Step 3: Decide when you will transition

Switching all your appliances from gas to electricity is likely to take some time. You may need to save up and do it in stages. Consider the cost, as well as the benefits listed in the table below, and use these to put the appliances into priority order.

AppliancePotential bill savingsHealth impactsEnvironmental impacts
Gas cookingMediumHighMedium
Gas heatingHighHighHigh
Gas hot waterHighLowHigh
Prioritise your list based on potential bill savings, health and environmental impacts.

Everyone’s priority will be different, for example, if you have a child with asthma you may prioritise gas cooking first, whereas if you are most concerned about cost savings you might prioritise hot water.

You could also consider when your current appliances will be at the end of their life, and replace them then. It’s a good idea to have this plan in advance – if your current hot water system fails you don’t want to be stuck researching new options while you have cold showers.

Step 4: Choose new appliances

When you’re ready to replace an appliance do some research on the different brand names and options available. Websites such as Choice can be a good place to compare options.

Some appliances can be purchased online, or in a store, and delivered to your house. You then arrange for an installer to come and install them. However, there are also installers who can supply the appliances directly, as well as doing the installation. Those installers can often recommend a product to suit your needs, but they will usually charge a mark-up on the appliance.

If you are planning to get home solar make sure you consider that when selecting appliances. For example, there are some hot water heat pumps that come with solar timers, so you can run them during the day when your solar panels are generating excess electricity.

Step 5: Find an installer and get a quote

Find an installer who can install the new appliance. When looking for an installer make sure they are:

  • Licenced to do the work.
  • Insured.
  • Provide a warranty.
  • Will remove and dispose of the old appliance.

For some appliances you may need multiple installers. For example, replacing a gas cooktop with an induction cooktop may require an electrician (to connect the new cooktop), a plumber (to disconnect the gas), and potentially even a carpenter or stonemason if the new cooktop doesn’t fit into the hole left by the old one.

If this all sounds a bit complicated, book a free virtual consultation with us and we can help you arrange the installation.

Step 6: Installation

Book a time with the installer for them to remove the old appliance and install the new one. Installation for an individual appliance usually only takes a few hours up to one day. Keep in mind that while they are working you won’t be able to use the appliance.

Step 7: Disconnect the gas

Enjoy the feeling of paying your last gas bill. Then contact your gas provider and ask them to disconnect the gas. They may charge a fee for the disconnection.

If you just want the gas disconnected but are happy to leave the gas pipes and meter there then the fee is usually small, but if you want the pipes and meter removed so that nobody can use gas at that home in the future the fee can be quite large (we’ve heard of $1500 charges).

Step 8: Show off to your friends and neighbours

Remember to look smug. Enjoy your bill savings, and feel good about doing your part to combat climate change and protecting your family’s health.

Need help getting off gas?

We’re a social enterprise helping Australians transition their home to clean energy. Book a free virtual consultation and we’ll help you make a plan, find quality installers, and get it done.