Energy efficiency offers a channel to address energy and climate challenges at a household and national level, while also solving some uniquely Australian problems.
We should be taking advantage of opportunities that reduce peak demand and associated energy prices without the need to engage individual household consumers.
What’s needed now is language that more explicitly signals the policy and behavioural changes required to both address the climate crisis and provide clean energy for all.
As rooftop solar booms in Australia, a closer look at the distribution of “prosumers” across the network reveals emerging inequalities that must be addressed.
People with disabilities, and living in specialist accommodation, often miss out on the benefits of energy efficiency. A 2019 pilot has sought to remedy this.
Addressing the issue of energy efficiency is a complex task with many possible solutions. Fundamentally it will require a shift in the way Australia views housing – from property to home.
The easiest way to reduce your electricity bill is to reduce your consumption. But what if this is not a simple choice? What if switching off could be a lethal decision?