Energy consumer lobby calls for Australia-wide ban on gas connections in new homes
(The Guardian, 3 Oct 2023) The group also wants governments to develop a plan to electrify all existing properties.
All state and territory governments should introduce bans on gas connections in new homes and develop a clear plan to electrify existing properties and small businesses, according to an organisation representing energy consumers.
In a submission to a Senate inquiry examining Australia’s residential electrification efforts, Energy Consumers Australia urged the government to consider mandatory information disclosures to warn consumers about “the potential economic consequences” of buying a new gas appliance.
The organisation’s chief executive, Dr Brendan French, said its most recent consumer research found 22% of consumers were planning to decarbonise and make their homes all-electric, up from 16% in 2021.
But he said there were still too many barriers for making the switch, particularly for low-income households, renters and residents of multi-unit dwellings.