Households Ditching Gas, Slashing Bills And Going ‘Net Zero’
Source: ABC Science
In February 2020, just before the pandemic, Annabelle and Alex bought a typical Melbourne home in Brunswick East — almost a century old, draughty, and with gas heating and hot water.
After receiving a $400 gas bill in their first month, they began a process of improving insulation, swapping out gas appliances for electrical ones, and generally making the house “net zero” in terms of energy use, meaning it produces as much energy as it consumes over a period of time.
They now have no gas bills and, over the course of a year, export more electricity to the grid than they import.
All up, the transition cost them $12,000.
And within just a few years, they’re likely to make that money back.