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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Thank you Sarah. This is timely as we are looking at replacing our ageing gas cooktop for all the reasons you talked about. We are in the process of getting quotes for cabling and switchboard upgrade and it is working out to be much more expensive than I anticipated (more than the cooktop itself. I hadn't done much research I must say). I was super excited to have gas cooking when I moved into our home 12 years ago. Needless to say the excitement has long gone...both my kids have suffered from asthma when they were little and I had no idea gas cooking could be responsible until a few years ago.

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Gosh, I didn't know. Some knowledge is powerful isn't it versus ignorance.

LPG is safer and better for environment because it's propane and non-toxic? Methane is the problem one in natural gas that is piped into homes.

Thank you so much for sharing this information, Sarah. It's such a blessing for us all.

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Hi Sarah

Thanks for your insights.

We live rurally and use bottled gas and solar for our home energy needs.

May I ask you include in the cheat sheet an explanation between "natural" gas folk have connected into their homes and the bottled lpg gas we use. Is there a difference?

I just want to know if our situation is included in the umbrella term of gas.

I want to be able to clarify in an informed manner when some radio shock jock starts muddying the waters, 'cause they will try!

Kind regards

Lee

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Dec 1, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Thanks Sarah. It's a bit price challenging. 1. Stove swap = $3000 ish.

2.Heat pump swap from gas hot water in Victoria is about $2800 even with rebates.

I have been researching for a while and struggling to get clear information on options without being bombarded with "buy now, last chance, sign up today" ads.

Any advice here.

Cheers Rick

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Interesting! My MIL is a building plans examiner in the U.S. and she said her state (WA) was phasing out the gas, too! Then there was a rowdy debate about cooking over gas or electric, lol....

thanks for the info - we rent, but open the windows a ton for fresh air

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

There are some good resources that provide further info on switching from gas to electric. My Efficient Electric Home (MEEH) on Facebook plus Renew/ Sanctuary magazines.

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Our rental is a gassy mess! But, I have found myself an electric frypan on marketplace (also a vintage fabric cover that fits) and this and our electric bbq are going to do a bulk of our summer cooking. Wish us luck!

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Goodness! With a littlie who is experiencing asthma and allergies - I’m wondering if this might be part of the problem! To take your question and ask you to answer it:

What can I do if my kid has asthma and I can’t rip out my gas stove “yet”? But also, can I somehow test to see if the gas IS part of the problem/underlying cause?

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

GEEEZZUSSSS

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Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

Thank you so much for the work you are doing :). This is all very fascinating.

When I recently renovated my kitchen, I looked to building biologists for advice. Gas was recommended over induction due to the high level vibrating currents that induction cooking created. I'm just interested to know if you have come across any of this information in your research. Thank you.

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Nov 30, 2022·edited Nov 30, 2022Liked by Sarah Wilson

This is terrific information. Thank you!

I am moving rental in the next 3 months and I was favouring gas over electric. (Because gas hot water runs forever & electric stoves tend to be rubbish)..

This article inspired me to look beyond.

Thank you for your consistent & persistent work in bringing these sorts of things to us in entertaining & implementable ways.

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Hi Sarah, I converted to all elec last year. Everything you are saying is correct, but there are hidden eztra costs too. Actually removing the gas connection can cost up to $900. I just opted to get it turned off, but I keep getting offers to get it turned back on.

Worst was finding out that the electrical wiring in my 1980s kitchen was not suitable for the induction stove I wanted, and so a big rewiring job had to take place... another $4,000. Overall, with appliances and elec work it was about $15000.

Now the good. I also have 6kW solar panels and elec boosted solar hot water. . Throughout winter in cloudy Melbourne, my monthly elec bill averaged about $35... THAT IS PER MONTH IN WINTER! Heating too. Wow. Last summer... no bills for 4 months. I am amazed!

Cheers

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Thanks so much for this Sarah. Furious I didn't know re health effects on children :( Any info on good options for electric hot water systems? We've had the instant gas ones for so long and it seems so efficient compared to the old huge cylinder of water that's got to get kept hot all day just in case! Would love any leads on good options

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Thanks Jessa, all good info and I appreciate you taking the time to clarify the differences. Regards Lee

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You are doing a cracking job of keeping on top of this. Organised chaos!

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I understand that councils will now reconsider allowing new builds and retrofits without fireplaces, to allow installation of suitable wood burners etc. Interested to see whether this is true. We who installed 'clean' gas for heating and cooking, not that long ago, but now considering shifting back.

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