Tag Archives: energy efficiency

Hot isn’t it? 5 easy tips to keep your house cooler next week

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Every year around this time, Canberra gets its annual heat wave and the mercury hits around 40 degrees. Its something of a blessing in disguise to be able to go back to work, and the refuge of an air conditioned office only to dread going home to your sauna-like house. There are a few easy [...]

Solar Powered Air Conditioning – Get (almost) free cooling this Summer

By 1 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

How does an air conditioner that uses less energy than a light bulb sound?
Run by solar panels during the day, the Alexander Watson’s solar powered air conditioner consumes only 30 watts. Compare this with the 550 watt consumption of a traditional system and you find yourself with a 94% saving off your cooling bill.
Check [...]

Simon uncertain, what’s energy efficiency to you?

By 19 September 2013

Simon Corbell is wondering how important energy efficiency is to tenants:
The ACT Government wants to find out if tenants would take into account the energy efficiency of homes when choosing rental properties, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Higher energy efficiency translates into lower power bills, so knowing [...]

Want to see why your bill was so high?

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’ve just come out of one of the warmest Winters on record but many Canberrans wouldn’t know it after receiving their energy bills. Even in warmer Winters, houses that leak heat need their heater working overtime. Chances are, if your house struggled to retain heat this Winter, it’s going to have a hard time keeping [...]

Body corporates want in on enviro rebates

By 19 July 2013

Word has come in from Strata Community Australia (ACT) and the Owners Corporation Network of the Australian Capital Territory:
Strata Community Australia (ACT) and the Owners Corporation Network of the Australian Capital
Territory have called on the ACT Government to prove its green credentials by reinstating the ACTSmart Business Energy and Water program for body corporates. [...]

Light Globes. Saving the Planet or Making Profits?

By 13 July 2013

Are we really better off with the new light globes?

The Coldest House In Canberra Competition. Voting Open!

By 10 July 2013

SEE-Change and Alexander Watson have received hundreds of entries in their Coldest House in Canberra competition, with some very worthy finalists selected.
You can see their video entries and find the link to vote by visiting the SEE-Change website.
One lucky winner will receive a home energy efficiency retrofit worth up to $20,000.
Please take a look at [...]

Energy efficiency help for business

By 8 July 2013

Simon Corbell has the happy news that small and medium business can now get into the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS):
“The EEIS, which started in January 2013, requires electricity retailers to meet energy savings targets,” Mr Corbell said.
“This can be achieved through activities such as installing highly efficient space and water heating, lighting and standby [...]

Got the Coldest House In Canberra?


[ 19 June 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]

Do you think your house is the coldest in Canberra – poor insulation, big draughty gaps and single glazed windows that run with water each morning?

Don’t despair because you can fix it – and it won’t cost the earth. Book a free seat at the Coldest House in Canberra Retrofitting Workshop this Wednesday evening and [...]

Top 7 tips for keeping your home cool this summer

By 8 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Sci-fi fans might confuse it with a scene from Predator however conducting a thermal imaging analysis of your home is one of Alexander Watson’s top 7 tips for staying cool this Summer. Read on to find out how you can book a free thermal imaging analysis of your home during January…
Here’s Alexander Watson’s top 7 [...]

Shane driving through energy efficiency in ACT Government facilities

By 19 December 2012

The low hanging fruit for any Green is always going to be the lighting:
A $1.7 million project will soon commence to upgrade lighting in ACT Government owned buildings and depots to help reduce electricity consumption, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Services, Rattenbury, announced today.
“The aim of this project is to significantly reduce [...]

Molonglo Energy Efficient Homes?

By 4 November 2012

I have heard that the Molonglo development has higher standards that guides home owners and builders to have a more energy efficient home through double glazing or using an insulated slab.
Is this correct?

Insulation left out of energy efficiency scheme

By 17 September 2012

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is understandably outraged that the ACT’s Energy Efficiency Retailers Scheme has neglected insulation:
The Greens have expressed shock to learn that insulation hasn’t been included as an eligible activity under the ACT’s Energy Efficiency Retailers Scheme, which is due to commence in January, and have called for the list to be immediately [...]

Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) – A review

By 10 September 2012

The Home Energy Advice Team will, for $30, visit your home (pre-2006 construction, detached or semi-detached), have a look around, and provide advice on the best steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy you use.
I have no association with this program, aside from having used this service today, but thought someone could find [...]

Real-time energy monitoring in Canberra?

By 24 July 2012

Having just received my jaw-dropping gas and electricity bills for the past quarter, I’m interested in those devices that give you real-time feedback about how much energy (let’s just worry about electricity for the moment) you’re using and what it’s costing you.
Same thing could presumably be achieved if the meters were inside the house, [...]

Greens lighting a fire under hot water

By 15 June 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has expressed Green displeasure with the Government once again ignoring the Legislative Assembly:
In 2009, the Greens with Liberal support passed legislation to ensure that all new houses in the ACT had energy efficient hot water services. The government voted against the legislation.
During the debate, then Planning Minister Andrew Barr said:
… [...]

Greens get their energy efficiency bill up

By 3 May 2012

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is celebrating getting new household energy efficiency laws through the Legislative Assembly:
The bill will assist up to 70,000 Canberra households to achieve energy reductions and energy bill savings of over $300 annually by 2015. It will also deliver cuts of more than 6% in stationary emissions by 2015.
“The Greens are particularly [...]

Energy Smart Workshops – Free!

By 23 April 2012

This has been sent in and may be of interest:
Want to be smarter with your energy use? Have a warmer house in winter, a cooler one in summer, and reduce your energy bills?
These workshops are for you, and free for ACT residents. Places are limited.
(1) Home Improvements – Discover how to [...]

Renters to pay for more home owners’ improvements?

By 14 March 2012

Simon Corbell has announced his plans to force ActewAGL to provide energy efficiency upgrades to homes:
The ACT Labor Government will introduce new laws next week that will deliver energy efficiency savings to up to 70,000 Canberra households, cutting energy bills by up to $300, per annum, by 2015, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, [...]

ActewAGL House gets 5.5 stars

By 22 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

ActewAGL are letting the world know their headquarters building has been rated with a 5.5 star energy rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS):
ActewAGL Chief Finance Officer John Knox said, “This is a great result for ActewAGL. We’ve been in the purpose-built building since June 2010 and absolutely love it.
“From the beginning [...]

Greens spit dummy over renter massacre rejection

By 15 February 2012

The Greens are having a major dummy spit after their plans to screw the renters of Canberra in the name of energy efficiency was defeated by a Labor/Liberal alliance in the Legislative Assembly:
“The Government is effectively leaving 1/3 of Canberrans out of its plans to improve energy efficiency,” Greens Climate Change spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, [...]

Greens plan to make rental more expensive back on the table

By 14 February 2012

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is letting us know that his plans to make renting more expensive, but more environmentally friendly, are back on the table:
This week, the Greens will bring back their Rental Standards Bill. A failure to implement the bill’s minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties is effectively leaving 1/3 of Canberrans out [...]

Double Glazing in Canberra’s new homes?

By 11 August 2011

We all know the benefits of double glazing.
Why are builders still allowed to put single glazed aluminium into new homes in Canberra?
100% of your heat escapes through a single glazed unit.
Maybe they shouldn’t put in wall or ceiling insulation either as the outcome is the same.

Location, Location, Star rating?

By 21 July 2011

Jase has pointed out that AdelaideNow has a story on the impact of green ratings, particularly here in Canberra:
“They already have it (green stars) set up in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), and their saying has changed from `location, location, location’ to `location, location, star rating’ “.
With our serried ranks of real estate moguls here [...]

Labor and Liberal uniting to hammer Greens

By 23 June 2011

With the somnolent Liberals up to no more policy development than public fellation in CityNews and regurgitation of Mr Rabbit’s talking points it has fallen to the Greens to offer up policy alternatives.
Which lead yesterday in the Legislative Assembly to a Labor and Liberal Combine smacking down those pesky alternative ideas.
Firstly Caroline Le Couteur was [...]

Greens unveil their 2011 budget proposals

By 28 April 2011

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has announced the Greens $41 million budget proposals which the government can probably ignore because who really thinks the Greens are going to side with the Liberals on anything now?
“While many are prospering in Canberra at the moment it’s important to recognise that life is still hard for many families who [...]

Greens going to war with landlords?

By 6 April 2011

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is up in arms having come into the possession of an email to supporters from the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury following the launch of his campaign for improved standards in rental properties:
After putting out public discussion paper on rental accommodation guidelines, the Greens then sent out an email to their supporters calling [...]

Greens push for better standards in rental properties

By 6 April 2011

Greens Energy Spokesperson Shane Rattenbury has announced that he’s tabling an exposure draft of a Bill he plans to introduce to force landlords to offer better minimum standards of security, energy, and water efficiency:
“Canberra rents are very high, due to high demand, but some people don’t get what they pay for, and are stung with [...]

Greens call for more energy efficiency in public housing

By 9 February 2011

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is calling for more energy efficiency spending on retro-fitting public housing stock:
“Already we know that people who live in public housing are over represented when it comes to difficulty paying energy bills. Allocating extra funds to improve energy efficiency across the Government’s 11 500 houses is a wise investment that will [...]

Beat the heat

By 21 November 2010

[ 25 November 2010 at 7:00 pm; ] Woden SEE Change invites you to share a drink with us and beat the heat by sharing your ideas on how to make your home more thermally efficient and keep your home cool through a long hot Canberra summer!
• Add to our growing list of hot tips to stay cool
• Hear expert advice on thermal [...]

Andrew Barr wants your comments on planning changes

By 9 August 2010

Minister for planning Andrew Barr is asking you to get involved in the consultation on proposed planning changes:
Draft Variation No. 303 to the Territory Plan includes:
a change to the minimum block size for dual occupancy development; and
new rules for secondary residences, sometimes referred to as “granny flats” that will provide greater opportunities for small [...]

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