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‘Smart home’ gadgets promise to cut power bills but many lie idle – or can even boost energy use

14 August 2017

“Smart” home control devices promise to do many things, including helping households reduce their energy bills. However, our research published today suggests that these devices are not the “easy” answer to energy management.

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Smart home control – is the reality as bright as its promise?

A new RMIT study finds that ‘smart home’ devices may not be as bright as we thought.

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Smart home technology: not the brightest way to save energy

A new study by RMIT University has found smart home control devices may actually increase energy use rather than cutting it, with households using them more for lifestyle benefits than to save power.

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New study exposes the sacrifices families make to pay energy bills

11 August 2017

A new report by the Victorian Council of Social Service and the RMIT Centre for Urban Research shows the struggles and sacrifices Australians on low-incomes are making to stay connected to power.

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The National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

21 July 2017

Despite the creation of a new Energy Security Board to try to hold regulators and policy makers to account, the ability of the present structure to deliver is uncertain.

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Smart home industry: Do convenience and energy efficiency always go together?

23 May 2017

The smart home is no exception in its ambition for easier living achieved through digital and connected consumerism. At the crux of this idea is the enrolment of internet-enabled devices and appliances in the creation of an even more convenient lifestyle.

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Gas crisis? Energy crisis? The real problem is lack of long-term planning

20 March 2017

If you’ve been watching the news in recent days, you’ll know we have an energy crisis, partly due to a gas crisis, which in turn has triggered a political crisis.

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2017 will be a big year for Australia’s energy system: here’s what to look out for

31 January 2017

2017 is looking like a busy and challenging year across the energy sector and it is the year where many long-festering energy policy problems must be addressed.

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Hot dogs and cool cats: keeping pets cool without blowing your energy bill

16 January 2017

As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will be turning it on for their dogs or cats.

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New study examines heatwave health risks on vulnerable households

02 December 2016

As global warming makes heatwaves more frequent, longer and hotter, how do we help households who are most vulnerable to health and financial impacts?

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Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation

25 August 2016

Sustainable housing can also have important benefits for some of the most vulnerable members of our community, as the report released this week shows.

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The solution to Australia’s gas crisis is not more gas

05 August 2016

Concern about higher and more volatile gas prices in southern and eastern Australia is spreading.

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The Pears Report: Basslink blues, abatement buy-in

28 June 2016

Is a second Basslink cable the best solution for Tasmania? And with the UN now trading carbon offsets, how can you become a voluntary abater? Alan Pears reviews the options.

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Lessons from APEC’s Low Carbon Model Towns Project

20 June 2016

The APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) project on Low Carbon Model Towns, led by APEC’s Tokyo-based Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) has run since 2011.

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The hidden energy cost of smart homes

13 June 2016

Light globes that change colour with the tap of an app, coffee machines you can talk to, and ovens that know exactly how long to cook your food: our homes are getting smart

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Energy firms are waging a price war they might be unable to win

12 January 2015

We are seeing oil prices tumble, dipping to less than US$50 a barrel, half the price of a year ago.