Energy Efficiency

A journey to fossil fuel freedom – no heat pumps required

Despite what the experts say, the path to fossil fuel freedom does not always lead to heat pumps. Our family took the road less travelled and discovered a couple of innovative – yet simple – renewable heating and hot water solutions.

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Victorian network signs up to help rural community go 100% renewable

Victorian network operator Powercor signs MOU to help rural town of Newstead shift to 100% renewable energy by 2021.

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Sydney household becomes “mini power station” with solar + Powerwall + Grid Credits

Australia’s first household to add a Tesla Powerwall battery can this week begin buying and selling electricity on the market, after the addition of a world-leading software program by Canberra company, Reposit Power, effectively turning it into “a mini power station”.

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CEFC announces $250m funding program to build energy efficient community housing

CEFC funding program aims to cut energy consumption of low-income households by 25% – an energy efficiency standard it says should apply to all Australian buildings.

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World’s largest office furniture manufacturer Steelcase signs deal for 25 MW of wind energy

The world’s largest manufacturer of office furniture will soon offset 70 percent of its total U.S. electricity usage with wind power .

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Australian solar roof tile developer to launch IPO

Sydney-based company behind solar PV integrated thermal roofing tiles that can generate both electricity and hot water hopes to raise $6,500,000 in an IPO.

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How quitting the grid – in an energy efficient home – will save you

Australians can now build a house using the latest modern building materials, methods, products, technology and ideas that will not only take you off grid, but remove the need for expensive heating and cooling. And all for a healthy return on investment.

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Hot summers nights, cold winter evenings: How to stay comfortable and save all year

Air conditioners drive up electricity demand, straining the electricity network. So what do you do if you want to enjoy a guilt-free, full night’s sleep?

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Adelaide school taps geothermal energy for pool heating, air conditioning

In a state first, St Peters College in South Australia will install a geothermal energy system to provide cheaper, renewable heating and cooling for its indoor pool facility.

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Homes of the future could use only 10% grid power: Synergy

WA network operator Synergy sees a future where new-build homes source only 10% of their energy from the grid. But with battery storage costs falling, will they bother with the grid at all?

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