Victorians want a renewable energy future and have shown a strong appetite for moving to all-electric homes. But we still face challenges in reducing our home energy bills and emissions.
With around 80% of households connected to gas, Victorians use more gas at home than any Australian state. Switching heating, hot water and other appliances to electric will help reduce emissions and energy bills. In fact, whole home electrification can lower household energy bills significantly. The SEC will support households by developing products and solutions to help them switch to electric.
There are challenges. Factors such as long lead times and price volatility affect supply chains. Education and training are needed to ensure tradespeople, installers, and other industry practitioners have the knowledge and skills to support households to switch to energyefficient appliances.
Cost and complexity can be barriers to switching, and many people don’t know about the services and technologies available or the longer-term financial benefits. The challenges are even greater for tenants and those who live in apartments.
The SEC will find solutions to help more Victorian households access renewable energy and improve their understanding of the support available to make the switch.