Renewable energy is a rapidly advancing global industry. With the use of fossil fuels in decline, many countries are pouring billions into research and development of renewable energy. The sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. Solar and wind power are the largest sub-sectors, but hydropower and biofuels are not far behind.
Keeping the house running can be an expensive business and it's estimated that, in south east Queensland at least 25% overspend on energy. This can be for a range of reasons, from being on a tariff not suited to your usage to simply using too much.
When most of us think about pollution, we think about smoke and smog outside – but in reality, indoor pollution can be much worse. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has said that air inside homes can be up to five times more polluted than outside air. This is a problem as most Australians spend around 90% of their time inside, which means that they could be exposing themselves to dangerous toxins on a daily basis.
Deregulation promotes greater competition in the market and encourages more retailers to set up shop. This offers consumers the potential to buy cheaper electricity than was previously available under the highly regulated government run systems. If energy prices are re-regulated, retailers will have to offer customers a basic electricity service, at or below a price set by the regulator.
Do you wish your energy bills were lower? Utilities have never been more expensive in Australia than they are today. Fortunately, there are a number of low- or no-cost steps you can take to save money and help the planet.
With large energy price hikes happening around the country, we’re reminded about how important it is for businesses to get the most competitive rates for their energy. Here are some common reasons why Aussie businesses are paying too much on their energy bills.
The re-regulation of electricity prices might be the only option if retail power prices continue to rise. A recent government appointed panel found that deregulation of the market and increased competition did not achieve the promised outcome and was hurting Australian families and businesses.
People are turning to solar energy to power up their homes in a cost efficient way. According to statistics, one out of five Australian households is using solar energy for their electricity and hot water.
The July 1 energy price rise is almost here. Wondering what you can you do to save on your business energy? Read our top tips and start saving today.
Looking to reduce your energy usage in 2016? We think that starting with an energy audit is a great idea - read our article on tips on conducting an energy audit at your home or business for 2016