Calculate the Switch

Estimate the costs and savings of switching from gas appliances to electric appliances.

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Replace existing appliances

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New installation

Are you replacing existing appliances or building a new home?

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If you want to replace your existing gas appliances with new electric appliances, this option will factor in your purchase and installation costs and usage savings.

If you are building a new house or extensively renovating your home, you will be buying and installing new appliances anyway so this is a great opportunity to compare the costs of installing electric appliances versus gas appliances. You could save yourself hundreds of dollars by not opening a gas account!

What is your current utility usage?

Enter values from your gas and electricity bills or leave the default values.

See below for details.

How to read your gas bill

Gas usage

MJ
$ per MJ

Example:4850MJ

$0.03456per MJ

Billing period 1
MJ
$ per MJ
Billing period 2
MJ
$ per MJ
Billing period 3
MJ
$ per MJ
Billing period 4
MJ
$ per MJ
Electricity tariff
c/kWh

What gas appliances do you currently use?

  1. Select all the types of gas appliances you have in your home or select 'none'.
  2. Adjust % usages or leave the default values.
Sum of usage must add up to 100%
% usage
% usage
% usage

Select your preferred electric appliances

  1. Select the electric appliance you prefer to replace your current gas system.
  2. Select your preferred price point for each appliance (how much you expect to pay for a new appliance).
  3. If replacing all gas appliances, close your gas account.

Close your gas account?

YES

If you want a basic estimate of possible savings or don’t have your gas bills handy, select Typical annual use. The default values are the average annual gas consumption for a three bedroom home and a typical gas tariff.

Your energy use probably varies significantly between summer and winter, particularly for heating. So, for a more accurate estimate, pull out your last four gas bills (paper or from your online account) and fill in the usage and tariff figures in the Quarterly billing table.

On your bill, find the total amount of gas used in megajoules, eg 8765 MJ. It might be called ‘gas consumption’ or ‘gas usage’.

Copy the amount of gas used into the ‘MJ’ field for Billing period 1 below.

Then find the $ tariff. It might be called a ‘charge’ or ‘rate’, eg $0.03456 per MJ. You may have more than one tariff, eg ‘peak’ and ‘off peak’.

Enter the tariff for the lowest of the MJ amounts into the ‘per MJ’ field for the same billing period. Repeat for each of your four bills.

Don’t worry about the ‘supply charge’ – the calculator will account for this.

Your estimated savings

The results table shows the savings in running costs over 10 years from switching your gas appliances to electric appliances and closing your gas account. It also shows the greenhouse gas emissions you could avoid by going all-electric. The savings likely outweigh the costs of new electric appliances.

The graph compares the annual cost of running gas versus electric appliances.

Cost comparison

Services Gas annual running cost Electric annual running cost Savings on running costs over 10 years (switching to electric) Avoided greenhouse gas emissions over 10 years Cost to replace gas appliance with chosen electric

See the assumptions informing the calculations

KEY

Electric appliance running
costs over 1 year

Gas appliance running costs over 1 year

Please note

These results are indicative estimates only.

Your individual situation will be unique, so you should consider your own needs and usage, house size and fittings, budget, and so on. You should do your own research about appliances and electricity retailers, and obtain multiple quotes for installation.

The Conservation Council cannot be held responsible for your decisions or outcomes.

This calculator assumes that you buy electricity from the electricity network through a retailer such as ActewAGL. If you have solar photovoltaic (PV) power panels on your roof, you will likely save more money than estimated here.

Read more about the calculator and the data sources and assumptions.

Select your preferred electric appliances

  1. The calculator assumes typical annual gas usage for a 6-star energy-efficient house with 150 m2 concrete slab floor area, ducted gas central heating, gas instant hot water and gas cooktop. You can change the gas tariff and floor area, or leave the default values.
  2. Enter the expected electricity tariff, or leave the default value.
  3. Select what type of electric appliances you would like.
    (Find out more about electric appliances)
  4. Select your preferred price point for each appliance (how much you are willing to pay for a new appliance).
$ per MJ
m2
c/kWh

Your estimated savings

The results table shows the savings on upfront and running costs over 10 years by installing electric appliances in a new home instead of gas. It also shows the greenhouse gas emissions you could avoid by going all-electric. The savings likely outweigh the costs of new electric appliances.

The graph compares the annual cost of running gas versus electric appliances.

Cost comparison

Service Gas upfront cost Gas annual running cost Electric upfront cost Electric annual running cost Savings on upfront + running costs over 10 years (going all-electric) Avoided greenhouse gas emissions over 10 years

See the assumptions informing the calculations

KEY

Electric appliance running
costs over 1 year

Gas appliance running costs over 1 year

Please note

These results are indicative estimates only. Your individual situation will be unique, so you should consider your own needs and usage, house size and fittings, budget, and so on. You should do your own research about appliances and electricity retailers, and obtain multiple quotes for installation.

The Conservation Council cannot be held responsible for your decisions or outcomes.

This calculator assumes that you buy electricity from the electricity network through a retailer such as ActewAGL. If you have solar photovoltaic (PV) power panels on your roof, you will likely save more money than estimated here.

Read more about the calculator and the data sources and assumptions.

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Why make the switch?

Save money, your comfort and the planet.

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How to make the switch

Four steps to go gas-free.

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