The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup – August

30 August 2019

Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for August 2019.

 

Smart buildings, artificial intelligence key to uni's bold plan to be carbon neutral by 2029

Researchers from La Trobe's Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition are designing the La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP) — a tool which will monitor and manage energy consumption across the university's 50 buildings. It promises to make lighting, heating, and cooling adjustments in real time to reduce energy consumption.

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New tool for small business set to tackle energy cost

An online tool enabling small businesses across Australia to see if they are paying too much for energy was announced by the Australian Government today, in partnership with Xero and Alphabeta. The benchmarking tool which enables small businesses to compare their energy costs against each other was announced by Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor MP. It was launched along with a one-to-one energy advice service. Both free services comprise the Government’s Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP).

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Sydney homes have the lowest energy ratings in Australia

Most new houses and apartments built in Sydney do not meet national heating and cooling standards as NSW languishes behind the rest of the country in terms of energy ratings. Four out of five new houses across Australia are built to the minimum six-star standard in the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), which is a CSIRO-developed 'measuring tape' estimate of a home’s potential energy use for heating and cooling.

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ACT Government expands energy efficiency scheme

After the successful implementation of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS), the ACT Government has announced it will expand the scheme to support more Canberrans cut their bills, save energy and reduce emissions. Over 74,000 Canberra households and businesses have saved over $400 million since the EEIS was established in 2013, including $70 million saved off the energy bills of low-income households.

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Queensland rolls out $97 million energy efficiency school program

The Queensland Government is rolling out its $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) project. State schools are one of the Queensland Government’s highest energy users. The Queensland Government’s ACES program intends to achieve up to 20 per cent energy cost savings across 872 state schools through solar and energy efficiency measures, and to contribute approximately 35MW of solar and create up to 300 jobs.

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