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Electrify your household and transport and save money

Did you know that you can save thousands of dollars on your energy bills each year by electrifying your household and transport?

Electricity is a cleaner and more efficient form of energy than gas, and it can save you money in the long run.  When you electrify your household and transport, you can also improve the comfort and air quality of your home and reduce your carbon footprint.

Electrification with improved efficiency benefits our health and household budget.
Across the country a little over half of all residential energy is met by electricity, with a little less than 40 percent coming from piped gas (Energy Consult 2022). 

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Take Action!

To make it easier to take these actions, we have assembled information and  resources so you can save time and money and make the best decisions.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Save power, save money

Take action to reduce your energy bills, make your home more comfortable and help our environment.

At any time

  • Use less hot water.
  • Have shorter showers.
  • Check energy rating labels when buying new appliances.
  • Upgrade your home insulation, windows and blinds to heat-proof your house.
  • Switch off appliances at the wall to use one to five percent less energy.
  • Switch off lights when you leave a room.

  • Download Top Tips to Save you Energy and Money

In summer

  • Use fans instead of air conditioning.
  • If you use an air conditioner, each degree warmer on the thermostat can save you 10%.
  • Closing gaps and cracks around the house can save you $50 a year.
  • ‘Zone’ your home by cooling one part of your house and cut down on cooling in other areas.
  • Close curtains and blinds during the day.
  • Cross-ventilation and open windows in the evening allow for natural breezes.
  • Download “Summer Helpful Hints”

In winter

  • By day, let natural light in.Close curtains and doors at night.‘Zone’ your home by warming the rooms you use the most.Use door snakes to stop draughts.Rug up and use blankets.
  • Download “Winter Helpful Hints”

In the bathroom and laundry

  • Washing clothes in cold water can save around $50 per year.
  • Swapping your dryer for a clothesline one extra time a week could save you around $70 per year.
  • Have short showers.

In the kitchen

  • Wait until the dishwasher is full before using it, and use the energy-saving setting.
  • Use the microwave or BBQ more often instead of the oven.
  • Check that fridges and freezers aren’t overloaded.
  • Clean fridge door seals and replace if worn.
  • Use lids on pots to keep the heat in.

In living areas

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Switch off TVs and home entertainment systems at the wall.

Garage and garden

  • Do you really need that second fridge?
  • If you turn off your pool pump at peak times (3pm–7pm) and turn off your pool heater, you may see some big energy-bill savings.

Sign up for Renewable Energy

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact on the environment? Signing up for clean renewable energy is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a sustainable future. By choosing a 100% renewable energy plan from your utility company, you can power your home with energy generated solely from renewable sources like solar, wind, or hydro power. Let’s explore how this switch can transform your life and benefit the planet we call home.

Check out Diamond Energy or the Greenpeace Green Energy Guide 

Install Solar Panels


Welcome to the world of solar energy, where the power of the sun illuminates your home with clean and sustainable electricity. Solar panels are a marvel of technology, effortlessly converting sunlight into a reliable energy source. By embracing this eco-friendly solution, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and actively contribute to creating a greener future for generations to come.

Let’s dive into the transformative benefits of solar energy and discover how it can revolutionise your  home with this free online tool called SunSPOT

The not-for-profit SunSPOT solar and battery calculator estimates your system size, the cost, and how much you’ll save, privately and simply.


SolarQuotes exists to help Aussies get up to 3 quotes for high quality solar, batteries or EV chargers for their homes or business from installers they can trust. It contains over 65,000 genuine reviews of solar installers, solar panels and inverters. It also has heaps of guides, blog posts, videos and tools to help you navigate the solar, battery and EV charger market. SolarQuotes website

Electrify your Appliances

Save Money, Save the Planet

Based on the findings from the  Climate Council’s comprehensive analysis, families who have embraced electrification and improved thermal efficiency can save a substantial amount of money each year. In fact, you can expect annual savings ranging from $1,119 to $2,872 compared to those who are still reliant on gas appliances and live in energy-inefficient homes.

Impact: Avoid 5-11 TONS of CO2 per year

Electrify your Transport

Upgrade Your Ride: Embrace the Power of Electric Vehicles

Are you ready to revolutionize your driving experience? Say goodbye to gas-powered cars and unlock a whole new level of automotive performance with an Electric Vehicle (EV). Not only will you enjoy enhanced power and efficiency, but you’ll also reap the benefits of reduced fuel and maintenance costs, bidding farewell to those tedious trips to the gas station.

Impact: Avoid 4-8 TONS CO2 per year.

Home Batteries

Buying Solar Batteries – 2023 Home Battery Buyer’s Guide

Are you considering investing in a home battery system? Make an informed decision by delving into the top 10 crucial factors to consider when purchasing home batteries in Australia this year. Our YouTube video, “SolarQuotes: The Ultimate Guide to Buying Home Batteries,” provides valuable insights to help you confidently select the right solar battery while ensuring you receive the best price.

Watch the video

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Cooking without gas

Did you know that having a gas stove or oven produces a range of harmful pollution equivalent to having a smoker in the house? In fact, several independent studies have found gas stoves contribute to about 12% of childhood asthma cases!

There’s nothing like the speed, precision, efficiency and ease of cleaning of an induction cooktop. It will boil water twice as fast as gas. And it’s great for cooking in summer because it only heats the food, not your kitchen – there’s no wasted heat.
Professional chefs are turning to induction cooktops in droves, and there are plenty of options for serious wok enthusiasts.

Cancel your gas account.

Imagine the freedom of no longer being burdened by daily gas charges. By bidding farewell to your gas account, you’ll eliminate these expenses and keep more money in your pocket. While individual daily charges may appear insignificant, they can quickly accumulate over time. Consolidating your energy accounts not only optimizes your finances but also puts you on the path to long-term savings.

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Meet households doing their bit for the planet

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Order your FOSSIL OFF! gate house today and help spread awareness of the campaign. Together, we can make a difference! 

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By displaying a sign, you will be:

  • Helping to raise awareness of the dangers of fossil fuels and the need to switch to cleaner sources of energy.

  • Sending a message to your community that you are committed to a fossil fuel-free future.

  • Supporting a campaign that is working to protect our planet and its resources for future generations.