Hydrogen will not be used to heat UK homes in the future in any meaningful way.
People who switch from gas to reverse-cycle air conditioning to heat their homes still want to feel comfortable. Some don’t. Home electrification programs must tackle the causes of the problem.
One day we’ll look back in amazement that wood heaters were once tolerated in cities right next to houses, schools and hospitals.
Energy poverty puts people’s health and wellbeing at risk, but many vulnerable households go undetected. Trusted intermediaries, such as doctors and community workers, can help solve this problem.
Improving the performance of nearly 11 million existing homes will make a much bigger difference to housing energy costs and emissions than an incoming 7-star energy standard for new homes.
The government is considering blending hydrogen into the UK gas network.
The very people most in need of the cost savings from installing solar panels are missing out. Better policies are needed to make home solar systems accessible to all Australians.
Energy companies have marketed natural gas as cooks’ favorite for years because homes with gas hookups will also use it for space and water heating.
Cranking the heating up 24/7 isn’t an option for most people.
The government is rolling out smart meters across the UK, but at present they are providing households with little benefit.
Heat pumps use a fraction of the energy of traditional electric or gas heaters, which means they slash both energy costs and emissions.
Official advice suggests warming your house to 18°C. But it’s perfectly possible to live in an unheated house with personal warming devices and better clothing.
People in some areas are paying hundreds of pounds more to heat their homes every year.
A shift to heating our homes by heat pumps would put massive pressure on the electricity grid.
Heat pumps are the technology of choice for heating and cooling buildings more efficiently and with fewer carbon emissions than furnaces and air conditioning.
Heat pumps use electricity to transfer warmth from outside to inside a house.
Victoria’s $800 million energy efficiency plan promises to lower power bills, make homes more comfortable and help meet our climate goals. It’s high time other states picked this low-hanging fruit.
As the UK heads into a recession, here are some simple - and cheap - tips to reduce utility bills and make less of an impact on the planet.
Builders compete for customers by touting the features of their homes. Some builders promote ‘six-star’ home energy ratings in ways that could mislead consumers and breach Australian Consumer Law.
An innovative method of carbon capture and storage could substantially reduce the emission of small industries while using geothermal energy to heat homes and thus replacing fossil-fuel energies.