An easy choice to go all electric in Esperance

October 06 2022

Sharon Vermeij was one of the first in the Esperance community to embark on her energy transition. She had started looking to replace her stove when she first heard about the Esperance Gas Distribution Company ceasing to supply reticulated gas to the local community. 

Sharon had a gas hot water system, stove and cooktop and was very concerned about her ongoing power supply and the affordability of a new solution. She was relieved to discover that Horizon Power, on behalf of the State Government, was providing financial support to help impacted residents and businesses. 

Having attended the Horizon Power community information event and understanding the number of residents and businesses needing to transition, Sharon realised the importance of taking early action. “We thought we’d get on to it as soon as it became available, knowing that there were lots to be converted and trades would quickly become busy.” 

She engaged BCL Electrical Contracting and Le Grande Plumbing who visited her home to discuss solutions. Having recently installed rooftop solar, Sharon selected an electric heat pump and electric stove with ceramic cook top. This allowed her to benefit from the lower cost of running electric appliances and do her part for the environment with reduced emissions. 

On 3 August, Sharon attended the Horizon Power celebrity cooking demonstration and, having seen the benefits of induction cooking, questioned her earlier choice of ceramic cooktop. She mentioned her disappointment to the Horizon Power community support team at the event. The Horizon Power team quickly responded by arranging for the ceramic cooktop to be switched to an induction cooktop. Sharon was thrilled, saying “After the cooking demonstration, I got so excited for an induction stove because of the quick cooking time, power savings and safety for my grandchildren. It was awesome that Horizon Power could make that happen.” 

Sharon’s new appliances were installed in early September. She has been ‘cooking up a storm’ with her induction stove and has loved how easy it has been to teach her husband to use. 

I’m just really happy with how it all went. I’d really like to thank Horizon Power and the government for helping us to replace our appliances. It was a lot of money that we didn’t have. My husband is retired and as I’m the only one working it would have been difficult to pay for it ourselves, so I’m really appreciative of the support.

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Sharon Vermeij - Esperance Energy Transition Project Customer

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