Households are being forced by incumbent energy monopolies to pay electricity supply charges for grid capacity that they don’t actually need.
For hot water storage, phase change materials should rank as the most important household energy efficiency product after insulation, heat pumps and solar.
Grid operators and supportive governments may try and stymie solar, but the new wave of battery hybrids means the horse has already bolted.
Australia’s electricity network operators wedded to pricing model that drives up cost of supply, benefiting oldest, outdated and inflexible baseload coal plants. There are alternatives.
Day one at Intersolar 2014 reveals the industry’s shift of focus to the next big thing – energy storage – and making it part of the EU solar offering.
Victoria is allocating huge subsidies to connect regional households to expensive, outdated gas. But there’s a much cheaper, greener option.
If you’re one of the millions of Australian households that don’t use gas, then you’re a step ahead of a trend that’s about to snowball.
Dick Smith has his numbers wrong on energy costs. Renewable energy clearly provides the cheapest options for the future.
Sydney misses another opportunity to build solar and wind grid. Its ‘trigen approach’ to save emissions by 40-60% will inevitably rely on coal-seam gas.
There have been vast improvement in the energy efficiency of household appliances in recent years. Should the companies driving this progress be better recognised?