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9th January 2016
With Great Power Comes Responsibility

Energy audits are not about compliance, they are about improving returns for owners. How much do energy audits cost? ... are there cheaper alternatives? [More]
Stucco Community Solar and Batteries

Sydney's Stucco apartments becomes a strata leader, installing one of Australia's first shared solar and battery systems. [More]
Strata Pools Draining Energy

Pools are a double-whammy for common area costs, using both energy and water. New pumps, timers, and a pool cover can save up to 80% off costs. [More]
Last Month's Top Feature ...
Recap: Valuations Surge for Green Strata

'Green properties' are commanding from 10-14 percent more according to a recent report from the U.S. Green Building Council. [More]

  1. Typically use 12% of common power with up to 80% savings achievable
  2. Use timers to run pool pumps overnight when rates are cheaper
  3. Electric heating can be run during off-peak time periods to reduce costs
  4. Solar heating provides free water heating and extends swimming season
  5. Get a minimum 5-star pump to reduce energy usage and costs
  6. Variable speed drives can be attached directly to existing pump motors
  7. Cover an outdoor pool when not in use to reduce evaporation loss
  8. Filter vacuums filter pools while cleaning, so pump use can be reduced
  9. Regular upkeep in summer will avoid future maintenance expenses
  10. Have visible signage for pool rules and safety information
In Other News
How energy retrofits are getting easier

The Fifth Estate
Energy retrofits are easier to do than ever, and make buildings more comfortable and cheaper to run. Matthew Lee, Energy Solutions Manager at Veolia, says that retrofitting is now a no-brainer.
Australian battery storage takes off

One Step Off the Grid
Premium battery storage company Sonnen reports sales doubling as battery storage uptake soars in Australian market, driving prices down.
CSIRO sees $100bn savings in zero carbon grid by 2050

Renew Economy
CSIRO and the main networks lobby have found that a by 2050 a decarbonised grid and local energy storage will save billions in capital costs and consumer bills, and deliver energy security.
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