Working Group

Electrify your home

Welcome to Electrify Your Home

This working group aims to electrify our homes so we use as much renewable energy as possible, save money and reduce our emissions.  We also consider ways to make our homes more energy-efficient and therefore more comfortable to live in.

The Electrify Your Home working group is made up of locals at different stages of their electrification journey, with a wide range of experiences with renewable energy in the home. By pooling this knowledge, we hope to be able assist others in the community. We welcome anybody who would like to be involved.

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Where do we begin

We recognise that many households may not know where to begin or how to find reliable products and installers. Our first priority is to provide reliable information on the website and in workshops to help householders decide the best course of action to meet their needs and budget.

The Electrify Your Home working group plans to develop ways to make taking action easier.  

Six ways to electrify your home

Here are six actions to investigate when electrifying your home:

  • Install rooftop solar power
  • Use an electric hot water heater
  • Heat your home with electricity
  • Cook with an electric cooktop and oven
  • Buy an electric car
  • Consider a home battery

Planning ahead is always a good idea so you avoid making urgent choices when appliances break down.

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Working Group FAQ’s

We are fortunate to have so many large trees in the area but the downside is that many roofs are too shady for solar panels. There are many ways that you can still reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel bills, such as selecting the most efficient appliances when replacing existing equipment. 
If your roof doesn’t have enough sun, options for power sharing are being investigated by Electrify Bouddi.

The potential to unlock lower costs results from the combination of:

  • using energy more efficiently by switching to the most efficient appliances and lighting
  • maximising the use of cheaper renewable energy supply options, and 
  • shifting electricity demand to times when there is less pressure on the supply network. 

This is easier to achieve in a small community like ours with willing inhabitants. 

Many in our community have had varied experiences: some good and some not. There are lists online of local companies giving their ratings and the time they’ve been in business on the coast. We are trying to narrow the list down to the ones who deliver the best experience most often.
Heat pumps are the most efficient method of heating water, cutting up to 65%-75% electricity compared to conventional storage water heaters.   They are the most expensive type of hot water service, but the cheapest option over the life of the appliance due to savings in fuel bills – especially if you can access any of the rebates available periodically.
It is important to plan ahead so that you are not caught having to replace your hot water system in an emergency, when your choices will be limited.

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