The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup — January

7 February 2019

Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for January 2019

 

Industry leaders on Australia Day Honours List

Former Refrigerants Australia executive director, Steve Anderson was recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List. He gave an outstanding contribution and service to the air conditioning and refrigeration industry through the development of environmental policy with achieving improvements in energy efficiency by 60% over the past 20 years.

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Energy efficient homes could save households $1,000-plus a year on bills

Government policies to drive higher energy efficiency standards for existing housing stock could deliver more than $1000 a year in electricity bill savings for average Australian households, a new report has found.

The report, the latest from the Australian Council of Social Service and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, says investment in energy efficiency could provide annual savings ranging from $289 for apartments to $1,139 for houses.

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Top tips for energy saving solutions for manufacturers

Electricity prices have more than doubled since 2014, in Australia, and gas prices have followed closely with a 50 per cent increase since 2011.

In an industry that dominates a large part of the Australian economy, the Energy Efficiency Council and The Ecoefficiency Group are pushing manufacturers to make steps, big and small, that will have a huge impact on energy savings.  For manufacturers that have not previously looked at energy efficiency, it is standard to be able to improve an operation by about 30 per cent.

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Australians are demanding energy efficient homes: ASBEC

The call from consumers and community groups to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of our homes is growing louder and more insistent by the day, according to Suzanne Toumbourou executive director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).

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Buildings produce 25% of Australia’s emissions. What will it take to make them ‘green’ – and who’ll pay?

The construction, operation and maintenance of buildings accounts for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.

In 2017, around 18,000 dwelling units were approved for construction every month. Melbourne is predicted to need another 720,000 homes by 2031; Sydney, 664,000 new homes within 20 years. Australia will have 10 million residential units by 2020, compared to 6 million in 1990.

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ACT expanding energy efficiency scheme

The ACT Government will expand its Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme to include several new programs and will be extended to 2030.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, said, “The ACT’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) assists households and businesses to reduce their energy bills and to become more energy efficient. It is scheduled to expire in 2020.

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