Faculty Advisor

Klein, Andrew G.

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


Australian natural gas prices are projected to increase 30-50% by 2030, leaving many residential consumers with higher cooking and heating expenses. The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) recognized this impending increase and is seeking ways for consumers to reduce the costs of cooking and heating. ATA is creating a financial model to determine the cost of energy for consumers in the future. Our goal was to assist ATA in informing consumers of cost efficient cooking and heating appliances. For their model, we determined initial and consumption costs of each of three electric appliances: cooktops, hot water heat pumps, and reverse cycle air conditioners. Through a series of fact sheets, we suggested how different households could save money on their energy bills.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs