Pat Cummins, sports stars support eco-friendly homes

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A group of leading Australian sports stars and entertainers are backing a major change in the way Australia sources household energy.

Sports stars and high-profile entertainers have backed a push to ditch gas in favor of clean, green electric power for Australian homes.

Australian Test cricket captain Pat Cummins is among nine stars to put their name to Australian engineer and inventor Dr Saul Griffith’s electrification plan, The Big Switch.

Each of the stars read a chapter for a new audiobook version of the book, which provides Australia with a guide to reducing emissions while saving on energy bills.

“I am passionate about solving climate change because I care about the future of my children and also believe that here in Australia a lot of the answers to the questions are here in front of us,” Mr Cummins said.

He was accompanied by fellow countryman Rachael Haynes, AFL aces Tom Hickey and Nicola Barr, rugby champion Alicia Lucas, professional surfer Ace Buchan, actor Yael Stone and former Greens leader Christine Milne.

The book suggests steps such as taking advantage of Australia’s abundant solar power by replacing gas hobs, gas hot water, gas heaters and combustion engine cars with electrified versions such as induction cookers, electric space heating and electric vehicles.

Dr. Griffith, inventor and innovation guru, was born in Sydney and became a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, US government advisor on electrification and project partner with NASA.

In 2021 he founded advocacy group Rewiring Australia – an inaugural study which found that spending $12 billion over five years to electrify Australian homes and vehicles would yield $300 billion in household savings by 2035 .

The group hopes to identify the cities and suburbs most committed to going gas-free this year and help them realize their ambitions, with the aim of developing a pilot program and world-first full electrification.

“Decarbonizing our homes and suburbs is not rocket science. We have all the technology available. All it really takes is some practical Australian knowledge and a bit of elbow grease to get the job done,” said Dr. Griffith.

“We have to jump on this opportunity now. Whoever wins the election on Saturday night has to start meeting that challenge on Monday morning, but he has to see the benefits as well. »

Orange is the New Black Star Yael Stone has passionately embraced the cause of lower emissions in her own life and used her public profile to push for change.

“In 2019, I changed everything in my life to be able to work more solidly towards positive and active solutions to climate change and Saul’s books have been a big part of that,” she said.

“I feel really lucky to be able to read his words. Climate change is a big, bold problem, and The Big Switch gives us a big, bold solution.

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