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Why it’s important

The ACT Government is committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2045. We have announced our plan to electrify our city and transition the ACT away from fossil fuel gas by 2045. This is going to be a long-term transition, we are not switching off the gas network overnight. We’ll provide ACT households time to switch, when it’s right for them.

ACT households are powered by 100% renewable electricity. Upgrading your current gas appliances to all-electric alternatives means you can harness this power to lower your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. Electric appliances are more efficient than gas alternatives and can offer great lifestyle benefits such as instant hot water, or safer stovetops.

What it means for you

Upgrading your existing home

Upgrading major gas appliances in your home can save you money and reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions. We won’t be switching off your gas supply overnight so you can make the change when the time is right for you. This could be when existing appliances reach their end of life, break down, or when you make major renovations or alterations to your home.

Building a new property

Building a new home is the perfect time to choose all-electric, efficient appliances. You will be setting your home up for a sustainable future and avoiding unnecessary charges or disconnection costs down the track.

Saving energy as a renter

We understand that as a renter you don’t always have control over the major appliances in your property. There are still simple steps and smart choices you can make to reduce your energy and natural gas use around your home .

Start your energy journey

We’ve created an interactive experience to help you discover common gas appliances around your home, take action, and find support to help you along the way.

Register your interest

We will be consulting on options for a regulation to prevent new gas connections. To register your interest in participating in forums or workshops on the regulation, please contact gastransition@act.gov.au.

FAQ’s

No, this is a long-term plan for ACT households. We want to approach this transition responsibly and sustainably over the next 20 years.

While many factors influence the cost of energy, our modelling indicates that based on recent and current trends, as well as existing government policies, gas prices are likely to increase over time while electricity prices will likely decrease.

All-electric appliances are generally more efficient than their gas counterparts. This means they’re cheaper to run. You’ll also be reducing your household’s carbon footprint.

If you have an appliance that has reached the end of its lifetime, has broken down, or you are making major renovations or changes to your property.

Through the Sustainable Household Scheme, you may be eligible to access an interest-free loan of $2,000 – $15,000 to put towards the cost of sustainable upgrades, like a hot water heat pump, or induction cooktop.

The Sustainable Home Advice Program will help you understand your energy use and the best ways to make your home more sustainable.

If you’re in financial hardship, the Low-income Household Program could help you find practical ways to reduce their energy and water bills.

The Renters’ Home Energy Program provides free, expert advice on the best actions you can take to make your rental home more comfortable and reduce your energy use and costs.

Yes, our Home Energy Support Program will soon be offers rebates of up to $2,500 for installing efficient appliances like hot water heat pumps or reverse cycle heating and cooling systems. The program is also currently offering $2,500 rebates for solar installations.

The program is open to ACT residents who hold an Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card.

Make The Switch, developed by the developed by the Conservation Council ACT Region, helps Canberra households switch their homes from gas to clean renewable electricity.

Owner corporations can no longer refuse sustainability upgrade requests, like efficient hot water for your property – It’s part of the Managing Buildings Better reforms.

Renewable gases aren’t presently feasible to replace fossil fuel gas in the mains gas network. We will look at the potential use of renewable gases for specific purposes where needed.

We’ve created an interactive experience to help you explore your options. It’s the first step in your energy journey.

Our Sustainable Home Advice team can also provide answers to questions about choosing electric appliances and making your home more energy-efficient. And you can attend one of our workshops on transitioning your home from gas to all-electric.

The ACT Government is planning to introduce legislation to prevent new gas mains connections in 2023.  New connections will still be allowed until this regulation is in place.

The contractual process and lead-times for new building construction will be an important consideration in the design and implementation of this policy over 2022 and 2023. It is not expected that a new regulation will impact buildings that have already received Building or Development Approval, unless the construction were to greatly exceed reasonable construction timelines.

If you are building a new home, please consider choosing energy efficient electric appliances. Independent research shows that an all-electric home in Canberra would save $9,000 over 10 years, compared to a home with gas, even taking into consideration the upfront appliance costs.

You can find out more information on the best appliances for your home and Government supports available to help you transition on your energy journey.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.