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Retail Electricity

Compare | Victorian Government

The Victorian Government’s Compare website allows users to find and switch to better retail offers. It provides a simply way for users to input their consumption data and select the features most important to them, and pick the most affordable plan for their own unique situation and energy consumption patterns.

The MCPH has developed its own guide which walks users through how to use the website, step by step. Click here to download it!

The Green Electricity Guide | Greenpeace

The Green Electricity Guide provides a comprehensive run-down of the environmental credentials of Australian energy retailers, ranking them from greenest to most polluting according to a variety of criteria. If you make the pledge to switch retailers, the site will provide personalised instructions on how to switch. This is the place to go for an informed perspective on why switching retailers makes a difference, and who to turn to for the greenest energy.

 

 

Solar Power

Solar 101 | SolarQuotes

Finn Peacock (of SolarQuotes) has been a trusted source of advice on purchasing solar for over a decade, and this guide runs through many of the important considerations anyone going solar ought to be aware of.

Your Guide To Choosing The Best Solar Panels For Your Home | Australian Energy Foundation

The Australian Energy Foundation have put together some of the more comprehensive guides to renewable energy technologies for the home. This guide goes through the ins-and-outs of going solar: what to consider and how to decide, how to go about it, and finally, how to make the most of your system.

It’s a fantastic resource and provides great detail, but remember that going solar doesn’t have to be overly complicated. The MCPH energy advisors and our trusted partners can guide you through the process, and explain which decisions matter the most, and why.

How to choose the best solar panels | Canstar Blue
A guide to solar power in Victoria | Canstar Blue

These Canstar Blue guides provide a good overview of the basics of going solar. However, many of the details are best dealt with as you come to them; they can be specific to your home, your energy use, and even local regulations.

Don’t worry too much about the actual panels – as long as you choose up-to-date models from a reputable brand, and partner with a reputable installer (such as those through the MCPH Solar and All-Electric Home Program), you will end up with a good quality system. More important is the overall system design (capacity, orientation, inverter capability) and how it fits with your energy use.

Energy Efficiency and the All-Electric Home

Planning for an all-electric home | Solar Victoria

Solar Victoria provide an overview of the key ingredients to an all-electric home – a great place to start if you are new to the all-electric journey.

Energy efficiency and reducing emissions | Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria has an impressive website absolutely brimming with ideas on energy efficiency and tips to reduce energy expenses and emissions.

Explainer by Tim Forcey, home energy advisor and founder of My Efficient Electric Home Facebook Group

Draughtproofing, insulation and window treatments are the oft-forgotten but all-important aspects of an energy efficient home. Tim Forcey explains that we ought not to settle for poor performing homes, and that we can experience greater comfort while reducing emissions and expenses.

Explainer: How to cut home emissions and power bills by fixing leaks and insulation

Learn more about efficient, electric homes at Renew

New Energy Thinking | Richard Keech

Richard Keech is an engineer, consultant, author specialising in energy efficiency. His website and blog provides a wealth of lived experience and expertise, as does his book, ‘The Energy-Freedom Home’

Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes | YourHome

 

Efficient Hot Water

Heat Pump Hot Water System FAQ | download

This is our resource to guide you through the ins and outs heat pump hot water systems – how they work, key considerations, and how to choose the right one for you.

Explainer by Tim Forcey, home energy advisor and founder of My Efficient Electric Home Facebook Group

Explainer: Why hot-water heat pumps are great for homes with or without solar PV

Efficient electric hot water | Renew

Renew have a number of pages discussing the benefits of heat pump hot water systems, including a buyers guide – this is a great place to start.

Heat-pump hot water systems | Sustainability Victoria

This page goes over the basics of heat pump hot water systems, including types of systems, efficiency, running costs, suitable conditions, and available rebates and subsidies.

Hot water – the cheapest per litre | Australian Energy Foundation

This is a great demonstration of how heat pumps can save you money and provide a return on investment due to their fantastic efficiency and lower running costs than other options – especially when paired with a solar system!

Compare water heating running costs | Sustainability Victoria

Similar to the AEF page above, but a more detailed exploration. Note that this page assumes heat pumps will be powered by the grid, rather than rooftop solar.

Hot water systems | Victorian Energy Saver

This webpage compares the rebates available for difference replacement hot water systems as part of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, as well as how to access the rebate by using an Accredited Provider.

Efficient Heating and Cooling

Induction Cooking

Explainer by Tim Forcey, home energy advisor and founder of My Efficient Electric Home Facebook Group

Explainer: How electric induction cookers work and why they clear the air

No longer cooking with gas: Induction cooktop mini guide | Renew

Renew once again provide a fantastic, expert overview of things to consider when planning to install an induction cooktop.

Why I cook with induction – Jon Kung | Vox

Vox interviews chef and TikTok star Jon Kung about why gas stoves are overrated, and the benefits of induction cooking.

Our event recordings

Let’s Electrify Yarra event | March 31, 2022 – with Lachlan Hensey, MCPH, City of Yarra resident & all-electric homeowner Nick Aberle and the founder of The New Joneses, Tamara DiMattina.

Talking batteries with our community | March 17, 2022 – hosted by the MCPH, the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN) and the Port Phillip EcoCentre – watch it here.

 

 

 

Getting off Gas with Judith Lucy, webinar, 17 Nov 2021 | Hosted by Glen Eira Climate Emergency Action Network (GECAN)

Make Solar Easy, webinar, 3 Nov 2021 | Hosted by Lighter Footprints

Building Clean Community Energy in Darebin, webinar, 28 Oct 2021 | Hosted by Darebin Climate Action Now (DCAN)

Port Phillip’s Partnership with the Metro Community Power Hub, webinar, 22 Sep 2021 | Hosted by Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN)

 

 

Further Reading

For those wanting a deeper dive! We’ll be constantly updating this library.

  • The Grattan Institute’s Flame Out report on the future of gas.
  • Virtual Power Plants are an emerging source of renewable energy in our suburbs – read more here.
  • Rewiring Australia’s Castles & Cars discussion paper on the enormous benefits of electrification for Australia.
  • Renew’s useful Renters’ Guide to Sustainable Living.
  • A guide on how to renovate your home for energy efficiency from Sustainability Victoria.
  • And for those about to embark on building a home