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Chef Simon Toohey uses an induction stove to cook

My journey towards an electric home – with Simon Toohey

Simon Toohey
May 23, 2024
May 15, 2024

As part of our Electrify Your Home blog series, MasterChef Simon Toohey is sharing his passion for making sustainable changes at home.

Transitioning to an electrified household has been a transformative journey for my family and me. It's a commitment to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable lifestyle.

Our motivation has been fuelled by environmental concerns and the desire to create a healthier living environment, especially with slight talks of family on the way… maybe.

So, here’s a glimpse into our journey and the steps we’ve taken so far.


Chef Simon Toohey leans against a kitchen table, holding a bowl of poached pear with roasted muesli and ice-cream

The affordability factor 

One of the primary concerns many people have when considering the shift to an all-electric home is affordability. The initial cost of purchasing electric appliances, particularly induction stoves, can seem daunting. However, it's essential to look at the bigger picture. According to the Climate Council, running an all-electric home could save households around $1,000 per year on their energy bills compared to homes using gas appliances.

While the upfront costs might be higher for induction stoves and other electric appliances, the long-term savings on energy bills make it a worthwhile investment. It's not just about saving money; it's also about investing in a cleaner and more sustainable future for our planet.


Environmental impact

Australia’s reliance on gas has significant environmental consequences. According to recent data, 22% of Australia’s overall emissions come from producing and using gas. By transitioning to an electrified household, we are reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to the fight against climate change.

Gas cooking, in particular, has been linked to health risks. Some studies suggest that gas cooking like passive cigarette smoke create a comparable risk of childhood asthma. With a baby on the way, this was a significant concern for us. Switching to electric cooking not only eliminates this risk but also ensures a healthier environment for our growing family.


A landscape view of the beach and a nearby town from a mountain. The sun rises in the background

Taking small steps

Embarking on this journey doesn't mean making drastic changes overnight. We started with small steps, like replacing our gas stove with an induction cooktop. The transition was seamless, and we were pleasantly surprised by how efficient and easy to use the induction stove turned out to be.

Next, we plan to replace our gas heater with an electric heat pump and eventually transition to solar panels to power our home. These incremental changes make the process more manageable and allow us to adapt to our new lifestyle gradually.

Transitioning to an electrified household is a journey that requires commitment, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. Not only are we reducing our environmental impact and contributing to a cleaner planet, but we are also creating a healthier living environment for our family.

While the initial costs may be higher, the long-term savings and the peace of mind knowing that we are doing our part to combat climate change make it all worthwhile. It's a decision we are proud of, and we hope our journey inspires others to take the leap towards a more sustainable future.

Whether you’re considering the switch to an induction cooktop for its precision and efficiency, or on a journey to a fully electric home we invite you to explore more of Simon's insights in this blog series and the wide range of resources in our Electrify Your Home online hub.

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