Electrify Boroondara

Electrify Boroondara – let’s electrify our homes

Electrify Boroondara is an exciting new project that has its genesis in the City of Boroondara’s Climate Action Plan and the movement towards electrification and away from fossil gas. Electrify Boroondara is supported by an alliance of local community groups. If you are interested in volunteering to help make this project a community wide success, please complete the form below.

Why transition away from gas and go electric?

Electric homes are cheaper, safer and better for the climate!

 

Moving to clean energy saves on energy bills - Climate Council

Electric homes save on energy bills

Moving to electric appliances and cars will save every home money

 

Induction stove

Electric homes are safer for our families

Transitioning away from gas protects our health

More about household gas health impacts

 Household gas, particularly gas cooking, harms our health, particularly children

Heat pump controller - electric appliances are more efficient and save money

Going electric is good for our climate

Electric homes save on carbon pollution and protect our future

Making the switch to clean electricity is a worthwhile contribution to a safer planet and a more sustainable future.

 

Electrify Boroondara: a local climate campaign for cleaner, safer energy

Electrify Boroondara campaign will encourage and support the local community to reduce its emissions by:

  • Increasing the uptake of rooftop solar and batteries
  • Reducing the use of fossil gas by transitioning to electric appliances
  • Increasing the uptake of electric vehicles
  • Improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock, apartments and buildings

Electrify Boroondara: “electrify everything”!

But wouldn’t dumping gas risk increasing the usage of polluting brown coal?

There are three key reasons why electrification is the sensible path to net zero – making our own clean energy, more efficient appliances and a cleaner grid.

Russell Williams cleaning solar panels

Making our own clean energy

Generating our own power through installing solar panels will increase household resilience and energy independence, and save around $2000 per year on energy bills when coupled with electric appliances. Detailed government analysis here.

Major electric loads can be shifted to daytime to take advantage of lower cost clean energy, reducing emissions and stress on the grid.

Installing batteries – storing clean energy at home – also reduces the load on the grid.

Heat pumps shift heat not air and are very efficient

Renewables and electric appliances are more efficient

Electric heat pumps for hot water and reverse cycle air conditioners are very efficient. Heat humps have 400-500% efficiency compared to 80% with gas appliances.

Rewiring Australia notes that for home heating, heat pumps return 3.8 units of energy for every 1 unit used, compared to 0.75 for gas heating.

 

As Saul Griffith points out in his book The Big Switch:

“Making electricity with wind, solar and hydroelectricity takes one third of the energy of making electricity with fossil fuels, which waste two thirds of their energy content.”

More from Saul Griffith

Saul Griffith’s The Big Switch offers a comprehensive plan to move to electric homes and transport, saving households up to $5000/yr by 2030.

Electric appliances use much less energy:

  • “For low-temperature heat like domestic hot water and space heating, a heat pump needs only one third to one quarter of the energy of heating the same thing with fossil fuels.”
  • “An electric vehicle, regardless of size or type, will use about one third as much energy as a fossil-fuel vehicle”.
  • “For high-temperature, induction heating needs only half to three quarters of the energy that would be required using fossil fuels.”

Saul Griffith is an Australian-American inventor, entrepreneur and MacArthur genius award recipient.

ALP plan for 82% renewables by 2030 in Victoria

Victoria is cleaning up its grid

The Victorian electricity grid is decarbonising. The government plans that 65% of our electricity will come from renewables by 2030 and 95% of our power will be generated by renewables by 2035.

Victoria’s accelerated renewable energy transition rests on earlier closures of coal-fired power stations – with announcements of Yallourn in 2028 and Loy Yang A in 2035, however other measures such as and earlier closure of Loy Yang B and reduced household and industrial gas usage will be needed to meet Victoria’s decarbonisation targets.

The Federal government took an 82% renewables by 2030 target to the 2022 election.

Boroondara’s Climate Action Plan sets out ambitious targets!

Tbe Climate Action Plan’s community-wide aspirational targets include:

  • 60% emissions reduction by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2035

  • 50,000 kW additional solar by 2030 (this is triple the solar installed as at 2021)

  • 3,000 annual participants in education / sustainability workshops

Achieving these targets will require substantial community engagement and this is where the Electrify Boroondara project will have impact.We plan to take the electrification message to our shopping centres, libraries, schools, sporting clubs and workplaces. We want to supercharge our community engagement and are looking for creative ways to achieve cut-through. We want to bring the whole community with us because this is the only way to achieve the emissions reductions we need.

Boroondara Climate Action Plan Community Targets

Join us in working to Electrify Boroondara

We will be needing lots of volunteers to help with community outreach at festivals and public events.. We will provide all the information you need and training on having community conversations about electrification. If you are interested in helping out please complete the form below and we will be in touch.

We would also love to hear from you if you are part of a community organisation in Boroondara that might be interested to hear the Electrify Boroondara message.Please email lynnmick@lighterfootprints.org to discuss.

Lighter Footprints is supporting Electrify Boroondara – cleaner, safer energy for powerful local climate action 

The Electrify Boroondara project is in the early stages of development. It will be advanced by an alliance of community groups in Boroondara and will include engagement with Council.

 

Want to learn more about clean, efficient electric homes?

Download our brochure with handy links to buyer’s guides, articles and case studies here.

Check out our Making the Switch information page here.

Making the switch away from fossil gas interactive brochure