How to heat your house for one-third the cost of gas

May 18, 2017

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The predicted Aussie gas shortage that has pushed up prices is a furphy and there is now no “economic reason” to use it, says a top energy advisor.

“Over here in Melbourne, these days we heat our house with our reverse cycle air conditioner,” Tim Forcey from the Uni of Melbourne told Leon Byner on FIVEaa. “It costs me one-third -- one-third -- the price to heat the house instead of using the old ducted gas system.”

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Mr Forcey said AEMO’s predicted gas shortage had turned out to be only 0.2 per cent, which he said would “evaporate” given demand has dropped every year since 2012.

“[It is a] ridiculously small shortfall and I don’t think it’s going to happen because the price of gas is so high now that people are cutting back in using it.”

He recommended the use of reverse cycle air conditioners to heat homes:

“It’s a heat pump. It captures free heat from the air outside your house and brings it inside -- that’s why it’s so cheap.

“It’s renewable energy. It’s really another form of solar energy except you don’t have to have it on your roof. People should get into those heat pumps, the reveres cycle air conditioners.”

“There’s no economic reason for any new house to be connected to the gas grid.”

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