How to create an all-electric home: Your step-by-step guide

From saving money to reducing carbon emissions, there are many benefits to upgrading to an all-electric home.

Looking to lower your bills and curb your carbon footprint?

Moving away from gas and upgrading to efficient electric appliances is a great way to start. Here’s a guide to go all-electric.

1. Make a plan

Electrifying your home isn't an overnight process. It can take several months – or even years.

When deciding to switch your appliances and car to electric alternatives, do some research to know what you want to achieve, what you can afford now, and into the future.

How long it takes you to go all-electric in your home will depend on your budget and the age of existing appliances, as well as any other planned activities such as renovations or building a new home.

Carving out a plan that prioritises which appliances to replace over time, within a budget, will help you make the switch. With planning you can minimise any inconvenience and reduce costs. It will also ensure you get value for money when replacing appliances based on their condition and expected lifespan.

2. Prioritise your appliances

To save the most money and generate the greatest benefit for the environment, you could considering replacing the appliances that use the most gas, first. In most houses, this is heating – and then hot water systems and cooktops.

Typically, the order of gradually replacing appliances with the highest gas use might look like this:

  1. Gas heater in main living room
  2. Second gas heater
  3. Hot water system
  4. Cooktop

When planning which appliances to replace first, also think about the oldest ones in your home. If an appliance is more than ten years old, bring it up higher on the list. These appliances are already approaching the end of their life and a newer model could be safer.

To maximise the use of your appliances and avoid creating additional waste, replace appliances one at a time, as they approach the end of their working life.

3. Know your budget (and factor this into your timelines)

We know that by switching to electric appliances, you'll save more in the long run – due to rising gas prices.

As an example, converting an existing home with solar panels from running on gas to electric appliances, could save over $1,000 every year on energy bills when you maximise the use of solar energy.

If you haven’t switched to solar already, Solar Victoria rebates of $1,400 for rooftop solar (PV) or interest-free loans of up to $8,800 for solar batteries can also help you reduce the upfront costs involved.

The Victorian Energy Upgrades Program also offers subsidies to replace gas heating and cooling systems based on the emission reductions available from switching to less carbon-intensive appliances. You can also access a rebate of up to $1,000 from Solar Victoria for upgrading to an energy efficiency heat pump or solar hot water system.

So, while the financial incentives for going electric have never been stronger, there are some upfront costs that you’ll have to budget for.

As at June 2023, you should expect to budget the following to purchase and install these electric appliances:

Heating

Split system reverse cycle air conditioner: $600-$5,500

Ducted reverse cycle air conditioner: $9,000-$14,000+

Heat pump hydronic heating: $1,300-$1,600

Hot water

Electric heat pump: $2,500-$5,500

Electric storage: $450-$1,900

Appliances

Induction stove: $300-$750

Electric oven: $390-$9,500

Car

Electric bike: $1,500-$4,000+

Electric vehicle: $44,990-$200,000

4. Set a timeline

Setting your budget will help you decide an appropriate timeline for going all-electric. This might vary from a few months to several years. If you can afford the upfront out-of-pocket costs or loan repayments after rebates or incentives, you can get started right away.

Don't forget that you can channel savings from your first gas to electric upgrade into financing the next one – and so on.

Or, if you are planning renovations or a new build, it might be more cost effective in the long run to make some changes at that time.

Here's an example plan for going electric over five years:

  • Year one

    Replace gas heater in main living room

  • Year three

    Replace second gas heater

  • Year five

    Replace cooktop (and close gas account)

5. Select your new appliances

Now comes the fun part: researching and choosing your new electric appliances! Consider how your household uses energy for heating, cooking and hot water to choose appliances that suit your lifestyle and needs.

Questions to ask:

  1. How big are the rooms I need to heat?
  2. How many people use hot water at peak times?
  3. How many pots/pans do I usually have on the cooktop at any one time?
  4. How much space do I have for outdoor and indoor components?

Ask retailers about the features and options in your budget, and what size system would suit your household. We recommend that you get multiple quotes for the same system for comparison. Look for the best value, not the cheapest quote. A system that’s too small for your household’s needs could cost you more if it means that you end up using it more heavily.

You could also talk with friends or family if they have recently upgraded appliances. Read online reviews and know what’s right for you.

The comparison website, CHOICE is an independent, product review website that provides comparisons and reviews of different household appliances, including induction cooktops and electric heaters. Become a member to access their articles or see if your local library offers free membership.

In comparing different appliances, familiarise yourself with energy rating labels. The more stars, the more efficient the appliance and the cheaper and more efficient it will be to run.

Another useful resource is community groups on social media which include individuals who have (or are in the process) of switching from gas-powered to electric homes. It’s a great place to learn from people who have already been through the process and can therefore provide invaluable advice based on their experiences.

Importantly, when choosing your new appliances, ask yourself:

  • How big are the rooms I need to heat?
  • How many people use hot water at peak times?
  • How many pots/pans do I usually have on the cooktop at any one time?
  • How much space do I have for outdoor and indoor components?
  • What is my budget?

Through teasing out the answers to these questions, you’ll be well on your way to securing appliances that suit your lifestyle and needs.

Want to dive deeper into switching to electric cooktops, heating and hot water? See our guides on electric cooktops, heating and hot water. Check them out to start your electric journey today!

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