Its official, using gas appliances for cooking, heating and hot water costs a lot more than using efficient all-electric appliances in your home.
Above: One of the efficient all electric homes, designed by Adapt Design Group, at The Cape sustainable housing project, Cape Paterson
A June report from the Alternative Technology Association found that owners will be between $9,000 – $16,000 better off over 10 years if they establish their new home as all-electric with a 5-kilowatt solar system rather than gas-electric with no solar. Best practice Cape homes are using efficient reverse cycle heating, cooling and hot water systems, high performance induction cooktops and solar power. “There is just no reason economically for new homes to be built with both electricity and gas’, according to report co-author and ATA energy analyst Dean Lombard.