Governments should be investing in home energy upgrades, now. Improving home energy efficiency is a good investment at the best of times: it cuts power bills, makes homes healthier, and reduces emissions. But the Coronavirus pandemic and the job losses it has caused mean that now is a particularly important moment for governments to back […]
Last week San Francisco became the latest city to ban natural gas in new buildings. The legislation will see all new construction, other than restaurants, use electric power only from June 2021, to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Here’s an article that puts paid to the notion that hydrogen in homes can work, sustainably. It’s focused on the UK but the lessons are widespread. We heard similar warnings at Flick the Switch.
News from the Front Desk, Issue 497: The release of Australia’s “gas-fired recovery” plans this week – topped off with new rules to allow government clean energy finance to flow towards carbon capture and storage –should hardly come as a surprise.
There’s a simple and highly effective solution that will save you dollars and health this winter. It’s simple: switch your split reverse-cycle airconditioner to “heat” and turn off the gas. Australians living in the cooler climates burn a lot of gas in winter. If we burn less, we can save money on our household budgets, […]
Say it with me: gas is not a transition fuel. COVID-19 could be the trigger for the much-needed step change in our clean energy transition. But the Morrison government has stacked the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee with oil and gas sector representatives, pushing for fossil fuel lobby-led economic recovery. It looks like gas is tipped […]
News from the front desk, Issue 483: Last week, the Morrison government unleashed its technology roadmap on Australia, starring natural gas in a leading role. It didn’t take long for people to start protesting the pro-gas sentiment pushed by the government and its friends in the gas industry. Atlassian chief executive and renewables advocate Mike […]
News from the front desk: Five or six years ago the notion of cheap and plentiful gas available to our homes and offices might have been something to fear for its impact on climate and our greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia’s federal government looks like it’s digging its heels in on gas but be warned, cooking with it is bad for your health. And while rangehoods can help, not all of them were created equal. In fact, the best ones are so loud people don’t turn them on.
The Morrison government has sunk an extra $1 billion into a new fund for “grid reliability” to be managed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) but an energy expert has warned that the necessary legislative updates will allow the green bank to finance gas projects.
Thinking of buying a gas-burning space-heater, water-heater or cooktop? As eastern Australia’s traditional gas supplies from the Bass Strait dry up, you might want to think again.
If you believe the hype from the government and from the fossil fuel industry, gas is poised to swoop in and heroically stimulate the economy, reduce energy prices and save Australia’s emissions trajectory.
New homes that go all-electric with solar would save between $9000-$18,000 over 10 years compared with a home that has gas appliances and no solar, according to new research from the Australian Technology Association (ATA).
The ACT’s master-planned Ginninderry development will trial a gas-free residential precinct comprising 350 homes.
Coal-loving commentators have erupted with fuming outrage and wildly inaccurate assertions about demand response following last week’s announcement of the successful projects for ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s demand response pilot.
The world’s eyes have been on South Australia and its energy security issues after high profile tweets between the CEOs of Tesla and Atlassian went viral. Now SA premier Jay Weatherill has announced his state will invest $550 million in a bid to increase energy security. The move will include a new $150 million renewable […]
A 100 per cent renewable grid of solar and wind backed up by pumped hydro energy storage will eliminate the need for coal and gas, according to ANU researchers – and it will be “decisively cheaper”. With hydro power energy storage, water is pumped uphill when energy supply is plentiful and stored to generate electricity […]
It’s autumn, the weather is finally starting to cool, and in some homes in Australia ducted heating systems are being switched on for the first time this year, sending hot air through chilly rooms.
By Cameron Jewell
1 October 2013 — Gas hot water isn’t as sustainable as point-of-use instant electric systems under many circumstances, according to a new study out of RMIT University.