The latest research suggests that in Australia, rooftop solar photovoltaics are more likely to be adopted by middle-class households.
Households that are most likely to go solar are those that can afford solar panels, but aren't so rich that they don't have to worry about their electricity bill at all, says a survey of 8,000 homes.
Policymakers need to be smart about the smart meter rollout.
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You may already have a smart meter at home, which monitors your electricity use at 30-minute intervals. But until you can access that data yourself, you could be missing out on the best power deals.
Keeping the lights on has always been a stormy issue in South Australia.
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Two decades ago, the then SA premier, John Olsen, defied a campaign promise and announced plans to privatise the state's electricity industry. It's been a high-voltage issue ever since.
Dedicating a 31-kilowatt photovoltaic array at Rainshadow Community Charter High School, in Reno, Nevada.
What's at stake as the Trump administration imposes trade sanctions on imported solar panels? A look at the US solar energy industry, which generates more than twice as many jobs as coal energy.
Money-saving screen time?
Trying to keep cool this summer while not blowing the power bill? A new mobile game aims to encourage energy efficiency - and research shows it can be more effective than simple advertising campaigns.
Imagine if you could get your utility bills from one provider.
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One way to cut your household bills could be to deal with just one company for all your utility needs. With today's technology, it's an idea that's not so far fetched as it sounds.
Living in a single-storey unit can lead to much higher air conditioning costs.
Aged-care units can be a lottery of comfortable versus uncomfortable temperatures, depending on the building's construction and where you live within it. That needs to improve.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas.
Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Cutting energy use takes more than just the flick of a smartphone.
Smart appliances, which let you control lights and power outlets via your phone, promise to cut energy bills. But research suggests these gadgets are confusing, and can just as easily raise power use.
Information about discounts will be simpler, but you’ll still have to do the legwork to shop around.
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The government's deal with electricity retailers to provide simple information to customers about their discounts and bills is a welcome step, but doesn't cut to the heart of the power price issue.
Malcolm Turnbull has written a letter to major power companies calling for relief on electricity and gas prices.
Malcolm Turnbull has summoned the chiefs of major power companies to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how customers can be given more relief through better deals on electricity prices.
The long view: energy policy needs to stay firmly focused on the horizon.
The current flurry of energy policy aims to make power cheaper and more reliable. But it will take more than that to meet vital longer-term goals like cutting carbon while keeping future prices low.
You shouldn’t have to crank up the aircon.
Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.
Was Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly right about the relative cost of electricity in Australia and the US?
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Liberal MP Craig Kelly said businesses and households in Australia are paying twice as much as Americans for their electricity. Is that true?
Electricity price increases affect nearly everyone and are a sensitive political issue.
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Electricity bills are set to rise further for households. But it's just because power stations are closing.
Getting your heating upgraded in a rental can be a nightmare.
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Improving energy efficiency is not an option for a significant number of people in Australia – renters.
Labor has promised half of Australia’s electricity will come from renewables in 2030.
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There's a wealth of climate policies to choose from this election – but what will they do electricity prices?
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Sweating it out through hot summer nights? Here are some tips when you're looking for something to cool you down.
Solar hot water may be green, but sometimes it can leave you out in the cold.
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Solar hot water is an excellent way to heat up without adding to your electricity bill. Unfortunately, it seems Australians are not getting the most from their solar hot water systems.
Labor leader Bill Shorten sees more renewable energy on the horizon.
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Labor's plan to deliver 50% renewable energy by 2050 could add between $160 and $264 to annual household power bills. But this could be completely offset by better policies to encourage energy efficiency.