The Ultimate Energy & Power Resource Guide
Without question we know energy prices are on the rise in Australia. Your home, and wallet can really feel the pinch as bills start to roll in. So, what can you do to keep your home more energy efficient and what changes can you make to overhaul your power consumption sources entirely? Ranging from small things, like being more conscious of having lights on to more substantial investments, such as solar.
Our ultimate power resource guide covers what you need to know to in the Australian energy space.
The Buzz Stuff!
This is all the cool and new stuff that’s happening right now in the energy sector. We update this regularly so keep an eye out for exciting apps, articles, blogs and people in the energy space.
- 9 Energy Innovations that Make the Future Brighter - As technology advances, new innovations shape the future of our energy use.
- 5 green energy innovations that could change the world - Renewables seem to be the way forward for most, take a look at 5 ideas that might end up changing everything.
- 23 Gadgets to Improve Energy Efficiency - Who doesn’t love gadgets?!
- Blockchain Could Change Everything for Energy - Will the central technology that supports bitcoin and cryptocurrency reshape the energy sphere?
- 4 Trends Reshaping the Power Sector - Green Tech Media list out 4 trends that are changing the power sector.
- Tesla, Australia to turn 50,000 homes into power generators - Elon and Tesla are at it again in South Australia!
- This portable solar charger is big enough to be your emergency home power source - Take a look at this portable off-the-grid power solution!
- Australian university is world’s first to go fully solar-powered - The University of NSW has pledge to do carbon-neutral from 2019.
- Energy trends of 2017: Artificial Intelligence, smart homes technology and solar innovation - See what happened in 2017 for the energy space.
- Sensibo Sky lets you control your Air Conditioner via Google Assistant (or Alexa) - Make your air conditioner smart. Sensibo works with any remote controlled air conditioner and saves energy.
- Startupbootcamp Energy Australia -Startupbootcamp Energy Australia is the leading global accelerator for innovative startups solving problems in Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence, Digitisation and Analytics.
These mobile apps make it easy to save power around the home. These top apps listed below will help you choose the most energy efficient appliances for you home, track how much electricity you use, or even trade electricity with people.
- Energy Rating Apps - These two apps help with choosing energy efficient appliances and lightbulbs in your home.
- JouleBug App - Track your daily, weekly and monthly power consumption on the fly with your smartphone.
- Appliance Energy Saving Calculators - Money Grows on Trees have created a number of useful calculators that let you compare the energy efficiency and savings of different models of appliances.
- FairAir Noise Calculator App - This noise calculator will guide you in ensuring your air conditioning unit doesn’t exceed the maximum amount of noise during the day and night.
- Power Ledger - Peer-to-peer marketplace which allows users to trade electricity using Blockchain technology.
- Outages by CitiPower and Powercor - Stay on top of any power outages in your area - know what’s going on at all times.
Have a read through this list of top articles we have curated to learn about future energy sources that aren’t too far away from being a reality, what sustainable energy means, why people should be more aware, and where your money goes in every electricity bill.
- A guide to Australia's- future energy options - The ABC list out the different types of energy sources we might be using to power homes and businesses in the not too distant future.
- What is Sustainable Energy? - Conserve Energy Future break down the need for sustainable energy.
- Most Efficient Appliances of 2018 - How do you keep your energy costs down? By buying efficient appliances of course!
- Should you buy an energy efficient fridge? - Every choice you make on appliances has a direct bearing on your energy bills - are you choosing the best fridge for you?
- Boiling the kettle costs more than you think - Who’d have thought making a cup of tea uses so much energy.
- Lifting the lid on energy prices - Do you really know what you’re paying for every time a bill lands in the mail - see where your dollar actually goes and why prices are on the rise.
This list of thought provoking posts are the perfect balance of education and entertainment. Learn how you can save both energy and money by changing the appliances you have in your home, how you use appliances, plus general tips for around the home.
- Energy Australia - Can we live without air con? - Green housing is becoming more prevalent these days. The question is, can Aussie summers handle house with no Air-conditioning?
- Top 10 ways to save energy - The title says it all - it’s not always about having efficient appliances, how you use them matters too.
- How to Reduce Your Energy Bill with No Cost or Sacrifice - Lifehacker spell out a few insightful, and more importantly FREE ways to reduce your energy bills.
- The 7 Most Energy Hungry Appliances in Your Home - Which appliances in your home use the most energy - regulating use of these can help stabilise your power bills.
A guide to which Facebook groups are worth getting involved in. These groups are welcoming places where you can meet people who are interested in home power, and stay up to date while you socialise.
- Solar Power + Battery Energy Storage - Global Network - An open group where you can ask questions, learn from professionals and gain insight in off-the-grid style energy.
- My Efficient Electric Home - This Australian Facebook group is for folks who wish to discuss methods and especially share data re space heating, water heating, and cooking in homes using devices powered/fuelled only by electricity.
- Sustainable Energy for All - Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) empowers leaders to broker partnerships and unlock finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy, as a contribution to a cleaner, just and prosperous world for all.
Government Sites and Articles
These government sites and articles focus on all things energy and sustainability for Aussie homeowners including rebates, what to be aware of buyers, smart meters, appliances and more.
- What sustainability rebates are available in Australia? - Wherever you live in Australia, if you’re a business, renter or homeowner, this page will show you what rebates are available.
- Buying solar products - The Queensland government list out what you need to know about going solar.
The Your Home section of the Australian Government website is a great resource:
Office of Environment and Heritage - NSW Government
The NSW Government energy resources are a great read and useful to all Australian homeowners no matter which state or territory you live in.
Almost a mandatory requirement in many Australian homes during summer, air conditioning is renowned for using an enormous amount of electricity and being expensive to use. Learn everything you need to know about purchasing an air conditioner, how to save money and what regulations you should be aware of.
- A guide to buying and operating an air conditioner - Developed by Brisbane City Council to provide simple residential air conditioning tips to reduce potential noise complaints between neighbours.
- Noise regulations for air conditioning in Brisbane - The Brisbane City Council is pretty picky when it comes to the noise that an Air Conditioning unit can make. Here's some tips to keep your air-con quiet.
- How reflective roof paint can help keep you cool - Want to limit how much you use the air-conditioner in Summer? There might be a new way to lower the temperature of your home!
Solar Energy Research
Solar energy is a popular method to reduce the cost of electricity in the home or even make a profit by providing energy back to the grid. Our collection of resources will help guide you in what you should know for all things solar, where it is headed next and how you can stay ahead of the curve:
- Do solar panels save me money? A state by state breakdown - The ultimate question, will you be financially better off with solar?
- Consumer guide to buying household solar panels - Clean Energy Council give you a simple step-by-step process to buying solar panels for your home.
- Solar panels buying guide - Consumer goods comparison site, Choice, go through all the information you need to be informed about Solar energy.
- Find a Clean Energy Council-accredited installer - Find a Clean Energy Council approved retailer in your neighbourhood.
- Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) incentive - Why go solar? Maybe some of these incentives might convince you.
- Product warranties and performance - Consumer Affairs Victoria list out what you need to know regarding warranties, rebates, tariffs and more.
- Solar battery storage comparison table - It’s not just Tesla, there are heaps of battery storage providers - and here they are ready for you to compare.
- 7 things to know before installing solar panels on your roof - Going solar is a big move, make sure you’re informed before taking the plunge.
Energy / Sustainability Experts
Who are the energy and sustainability experts you should follow? Read our list below to find out who they are, why you should follow them, and how they can keep you up to date in the energy and sustainability industry.
- Dr. Alan Finkel - Australia’s Chief Scientist - Australia's Chief Scientist provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation.
- Australian National University Energy Change Institute - The ECI provides authoritative leadership in energy research, education and public policy.
- Andrew Blakers - Professor of Engineering, Australian National University - Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests are in the area of solar energy systems.
- Kylie Walker, CEO at Science and Technology Australia - Science and Technology Australia (STA) is the nation's peak body in science and technology, promoting the sector's work with government, industry and the general public.
- Tim Flannery, Chief Councillor at the Climate Council - The Climate Council is an independent authority and research group for climate change in Australia. Tim Flannery is also the author of a number of best selling books on climate change.
- RenewEconomy - A great website to follow for daily news which focuses on the economics of renewable energy vs alternative sources. Giles Parkinson, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Australian Financial Review, has a unique view with his background in finance.
- The Climate Council - Home of multiple climate and sustainability articles, reports, and stories, be sure you don’t skip this website as an influencing source to follow.