Costs and Emissions Comparison
Wondering how much you’ll save if you make the switch to natural gas appliances? It depends on several factors, but we have compared the costs and emissions for an average home switching from electric to natural gas appliances. Our savings calculator lets you more accurately estimate the savings based on your circumstances.
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Victoria - Natural Gas for Cooking, Hot Water and Heating
In Victoria, most homes have natural gas cooking and hot water supply, with either gas ducted heating or an electric heat pump.
An average Melbourne home with natural gas cooking and an instantaneous hot water system uses 22Gj of gas per year. Current annual costs will be around $809, compared to $1,412 comparable electric cooking and hot water system (on a standard tariff) - that’s a saving of $603 per year. Even if your electric hot water is on the off peak tariff, which only heats your water at certain times of the day (and is one of the main causes of running out of hot water) you can still save $292 by using natural gas.
And your carbon emissions will be 83% lower than those from electric appliances due to the high portion of electricity generated from coal power stations. Emissions comparisons are based on data from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - National Greenhouse Accounts Factors Report which includes current emissions data for electricity and natural gas for each state.
With the cooler Victorian climate, most homes also enjoy the comfortable warmth of natural gas space or ducted heating. For an average home, using on average a total of 46Gj of gas, your annual costs will be around $1,416, compared to electric of $1,840 - that's a saving of $424 per year. And your carbon emissions will be 72% lower than for the electric appliances.
South Australia - Natural Gas for Cooking, Hot Water and Heating
In South Australia, most homes have natural gas cooking and hot water supply, and may use gas heating or an electric heat pump.
An average Adelaide home with natural gas cooking and an instantaneous water system uses 18Gj of gas per year. The annual costs will be around $1,141, compared to $1,946 for using electric cooking and hot water (on a standard tariff) - that’s a saving of $805 per year.
With natural gas cooking and hot water you can save money, have more reliable, controlled cooking and hot water and also reduce your carbon emissions by up to 61% over electric appliances running on grid electricity. Although South Australia has a higher renewable electricity than other states, 42% is still from non renewable sources.
In South Australia natural gas heating is popular in a range of applications, from the comfortable warmth of ducted heating to decorative gas fireplaces, or economical space heaters. Using on average a total of 20Gj of gas, your annual costs will be around $1,191 compared to electric of $2,021 - that's a saving of $830 per year. And your carbon emissions will be 58% lower than for the electric appliances.