Energy Efficiency

The real problem with network demand: air-con and pool pumps

New data from a major Australian smart-grid study has revealed an energy divide between households with power-guzzling air-con and pools, and those without.

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How IKEA plans to go 100% renewables in Australia by 2020, and save money

Only one big corporate in Australia has vowed to go 100 per cent renewable energy. And IKEA, which appears to be more than half way there, says it is saving money doing so.

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Off-grid living for family of 5 in western Victoria – all it needed was more solar

While most people dream of building a carbon neutral home from scratch, the Severin family were lucky enough to walk straight into an established family pad near Horsham in western Victoria. All they needed was more solar.

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Networks take revenge on solar households, and low energy users

Network operators have responded to the uptake of solar PV and energy efficiency by lifting fixed charges nearly four-fold. Now, in an apparent attempt to foil the uptake of battery storage, the networks want consumers to pay for the grid, whether they are connected or not.

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Commercial off-grid – coffee and cultivars in the Macedon Ranges

This nursery and cafe business is off-grid by necessity, but it’s a system designed to power a full commercial kitchen, including the most important appliance - the very best European coffee machine.

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How to slash household energy bills – even without solar PV

No coal. No gas. No petrol. No greenhouse gases. And a lower electricity bill. All from the comfort of our own homes. It’s a great future worth investing in.

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Hewlett Packard’s data centres go 100% renewable energy

One of the largest information and communication technology (ICT) companies in the US will soon power its five Texas data centers with 100% renewable energy.

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Landmark Sydney building taps green loan to slash energy costs

A City of Sydney-backed $1.2m Environmental Upgrade Agreement will allow owners of 1967 Reader's Digest building to fund energy efficiency upgrade that will slash its energy use by 60%.

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