The Rise of Split Systems and the Phase-Out of Gas Heating

The monumental shift in Victoria’s home heating solutions marks the dawn of a new era. Starting in January 2024, all new homes will be built as all-electric, with traditional gas connections being phased out. This move by the Victorian Government not only signifies an alignment with climate goals but also sets the tone for a future powered by efficient and cost-effective solutions.

At Max Power, we are at the forefront of this transformative shift towards all-electric homes. As industry experts, we are well-versed in the installation, servicing, and management of electric appliances, including top-of-the-line split systems. Plus we are solar experts, so can advise you on using solar and electricity to save $$$.  Our experienced team understands the ins and outs of these advanced appliances and can guide you through making the switch. As a customer, you’ll not only benefit from lower energy bills, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. 


What is an All-Electric Home?

The concept of ‘all-electric’ is becoming a staple in our lexicon. It’s not just a distant future anymore; it’s our present. Evidence of this transition is all around us. Electric car sales have more than doubled this year in Australia, reflecting our growing acceptance of this technology. Homes are now embracing all-electric appliances including ovens, heat pump hot water systems, and heating and cooling solutions. As gas prices continue to climb and the negative impact on climate becomes apparent, electricity is stepping up to take the lead. All-electric homes can be powered first by solar power and then drawn from the electricity grid when the solar runs out. 

Here’s where the real game-changer enters the scene for Melbournians used to reaching for the gas ducted heater remote in winter: the split system. These high-efficiency reverse-cycle air conditioners are more than just a response to the government’s environmentally-friendly mandate. They are an investment into a future of significant energy savings. With advancements in technology, split systems have evolved to become incredibly efficient and cost-effective, making them the perfect substitute for traditional gas heating.

But why exactly is a split system superior to gas ducted heating? Imagine the comfort of a warm living space during Melbourne’s chilly autumn and winter months, all without having to reach for the ducted gas remote. With an energy-efficient split system air conditioner, you’re looking at lower power bills while effectively heating your home.


Electricity is Cheaper Than Gas

The common belief that gas is cheaper than electricity is becoming outdated. Gas prices are rising, and the efficiency of electric appliances is continuously improving. For instance, heat pumps for hot water and reverse cycle air conditioners can use one unit of energy to transfer between 4-5 units of heat. In contrast, a gas ducted heater only harnesses at most 0.9 units from 1 unit of heat, losing almost a third through the flue to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

The gas industry in Australia has long projected the image of gas as a low-cost alternative. However, the reality is that while gas might be cheaper per unit, it falls short in terms of energy efficiency. This means it needs to consume more units to power a device than electricity. With smart devices such as split systems and heat pumps, even though electricity costs more per unit, it uses fewer units overall, t\\herefore saving money in the long run.

In embracing the all-electric lifestyle, you’re not just aligning with modern, cost-effective heating solutions, but you’re also contributing to a more sustainable future. Research shows that numerous households could reduce costs and carbon emissions by transitioning to smart electric appliances like split systems. Whether you’re exploring the benefits of an efficient split system for heating your home or considering an upgrade to ‘smart’ energy-efficient features, your actions are a stride towards a more eco-friendly world. Let’s embrace the electric revolution together, for a greener and more cost-efficient tomorrow.