Go electric at home
In Australia's 10 million homes, the heating, cooling, cooking and appliances are responsible for around 42% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Going electric at home, now that South Australia has a mostly renewable electricity grid, will help make the rapid transition to a low carbon economy.
The information on this page simplifies going electric into five steps, but the order would be different for everyone. Click the buttons below to grab a simple 2-page plan to help you think about the steps for going electric at home or watch a longer form video with an expert presenter.
Whether it takes 6 months or 6 years, an all-electric future can benefit everyone!
You don't have to make all the changes at once, but select the efficient, electric choices at the end of an appliance's life. We've compiled this page as an overview to help you explore further.
Listen to locals, Mark and Adam talk about going all electric and charging cars from solar power in these short videos. Watch an in-depth webinar on all-electric homes hosted by South Australian councils.
Solar or greenpower
Installing solar is a way to harness free electricity from the sun in the daytime, and export what you don't need at night. Read more to help on your solar journey and join well over 40% of South Australian households getting the benefit. While not all households can install solar, anyone can ask for accredited GreenPower from their electricity company, to help grow the amount of renewable electricity in Australia.
Reverse cycle for heating
Reverse cycle air-conditioners both heat and cool; split system air conditioners only cool. Single reverse cycle air-conditioning units can be the cheapest to run for winter heating. There are rebates available for City of Adelaide residents for replacing gas appliances with electric versions. See heating cost comparisons. For cooling, look for the highest star ratings, as those with the highest rating will save the most over time. Discounts for high efficiency air conditioning may be available from some providers through the SA Government’s REP scheme.
Upgrade to heat pumps
Hot water heating accounts for over a quarter of average household energy costs. It pays to work out your preferred system before the current one fails, so you don’t have to make a decision under pressure that might cost a lot to run. For established class 1 dwellings in SA (houses) wishing to go electric, who have an existing gas connection, only heat pumps or solar hot water systems can be installed. These are the best options for running cost and environmental impact and discounts may be available in SA through the REP scheme. For City of Adelaide residents, there are extra rebates available for replacing gas appliances with electric. Any water heater can be installed in multi-storey apartment buildings.
Riding, walking or catching public transport helps reduce air pollution, improves health, and helps transition us to a low carbon future. When these options aren’t suitable, we can still choose solutions that move us away from fossil fuels. Electric bikes, scooters and cars powered by renewable energy are all low emission options. City of Adelaide has a growing network of charging stations for electric cars, to support households and city visitors as they transition away from petrol cars. Rebates are available for installing private EV chargers in City of Adelaide.
Induction cookware is gaining in popularity among households and chefs, for its responsiveness and safety. It works differently to standard electric hot plates, using a magnetic charge rather than a heated element. New wiring is likely to be needed for an induction cooktop, so check first with an electrician. To see if your cookware is compatible, try using a magnet – if it sticks, you won’t need replacements. Rebates are available from City of Adelaide for residents who replace gas with electric cooktops.