A majority of Australians support switching off gas for good and moving to fully electric homes, a new report has found.
The report, compiled by thinktank The Australia Institute and market research group SEC Newgate, found very little opposition among Australian households to switching off gas and replacing it with cheaper, cleaner energy options for their homes and vehicles.
The research found that more than half of respondents (55 per cent) felt positively about electrifying Australian homes, compared to 13 per cent who felt negatively about the switch.
Somewhat surprisingly, concern for the environment (59 per cent) outweighed the potential for cheaper energy bills (18 per cent) as the main driver of the desire to switch away from gas.
When it comes to heating our homes, Australians show a clear preference for electric heating (58 per cent vs. 20 per cent for gas), electric hot water (54 per cent vs. 32 per cent) and electric ovens (63 per cent vs. 25 per cent).
Opinions were a little more divided when it came to cooktops, with 46 per cent preferring electric compared with 43 per cent who preferred gas.
Noah Schultz-Byard, director of The Australian Institute, says fully electrifying your house means you don’t need to choose between the environment and cheaper bills.
“Our research shows that getting off gas isn’t just cheaper and cleaner – it’s also very popular with families struggling in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis,” he says.
“From space heating to cooktops, Australians prefer electric over gas for every appliance type listed in our survey.
“This research has also revealed the declining popularity of petrol and diesel cars in Australia, as they are now the least preferred option behind both hybrid and electric alternatives.”
Indeed, when it comes to our cars, Australians feel most positive about hybrid electric/petrol vehicles (58 per cent), followed by fully electric vehicles (52 per cent) and finally petrol combustion engine vehicles on 44 per cent).
Of people who expect to buy a new car within the next 10 years, 25 per cent say they expect it to be fully electric, while 40 per cent expect it to be a hybrid. The stats point to a move away from fossil fuel use for transportation.
Mr Schultz-Byard says the results show a clear desire for electrification on the part of Australians, and should give the federal government better direction on future policies.
“This data shines a light on the policy pathway forward,” he says.
“Electric homes, cars and appliances underpinned by clean energy and battery storage will play a key role in confronting our economic and environmental concerns.
“Combining electric homes, battery storage and vehicles will open up a range of benefits for households and our research has shown that Australians are ready to make the switch.”
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