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Door-to-Door Energy Sales Tactics and a New Code to Combat Them

Some energy companies receive a large volume of complaints with the energy ombudsman. Many of those complaints stem from the use of high pressure sales tactics by door-to-door salesmen.

Keep reading door to door energy sales tactics.

Nuclear Power in Australia - dead, but not quite buried

It’s time to forget nuclear power.

After a half-century of development nuclear energy has failed to survive without heavy subsidy and insurance from central governments.

Keep reading nuclear power in Australia.

AGL and Origin Energy Receive The Most Energy Bill Complaints in NSW

In the 2010-2011 financial year the NSW Energy & Water Ombudsman resolved a whopping 17,559 complaints about energy and water bills in NSW.

This was a rise of 17% over the previous year. Two areas which saw a big rise in complaints were marketing and billing.

Keep reading AGL and Origin energy bill complaints in NSW.

Energy Efficiency Potential (USA) - Infographic

Yawn. Another report on energy efficiency. Thankfully, this particular report has a nice graphic at the beginning if you're short on time and wish to glean a few statistics.

Keep reading Energy Efficiency USA Infographic

EcoSwitch - Product Review of the Standby Power 'Kill Switch'

The Eco Switch is a simple standby power 'kill switch'. It allows you to move your power outlet's button from a bad location (under the desk / behind the cabinet) to a good one (on the desk / on the wall).

Keep reading EcoSwitch Review

What is the Power Consumption of an Electric Blanket?

The power consumption shown below is for 'half' of the queen size electric blanket. Electricity usage ranged from 15 through to 140 watts.

Keep reading Power Consumption of an Electric Blanket


Steplight Power Meter reviewed by CHOICE

The "people’s watchdog" CHOICE magazine recently reviewed 11 plug-in Power Meters.

The review included testing the accuracy of a high power reading (over 1,000 watts) and a very low reading (about 1 watt). We're pleased to report that our power meter (pictured on the left) scored well (the highest of the low cost power meters). You can purchase the full article here.

Power meters are a handy educational tool for consumers. By monitoring your energy consumption you can use these devices to your advantage. You’ll discover the power hungry appliances in your home... CHOICE put 11 power meters to the test ranging in price from $15 to $395. Each power meter was tested to see how accurately it records high power usage and very low power usage and was compared to CHOICE’S calibrated power meter. Power meters are generally easy to use – you simply plug your appliance into the meter (which needs to be plugged into the power point) and clear readings are given to you on a LCD screen. You don’t need to spend top dollar, most of the cheaper models will do the job. [...]

Models tested

  • Arlec Energy cost meter PC222
  • Belkin Conserve insight energy use monitor F7C005au
  • CCI Power Mate PM15A
  • CCI Power Mate Lite PML10A
  • Clipsal Ezaudit power usage meter 10A
  • DOSS 3 Way Wireless Power Meter WPM03
  • DOSS Mains Power Meter MPM01
  • Efergy Esocket Energy Monitoring Socket KAS01-01
  • Powertech Plus Wireless Energy Monitor MS6116
  • Powertech Plus Multifunction Energy Meter MS6115
  • Steplight Plug-in Power Meter

- CHOICE 8 June 2011. Full article can be viewed here.

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No matches? Just leave the gas stove on...

Turkmenistan is not a country you hear about every day. That's probably why you haven't heard this crazy story about household energy use.

Keep reading Turkmenistan Energy Consumption

8 Convenient Truths about Climate Change and Energy

Amory Lovins is an American physicist and energy efficiency guru who has been working on the topic since the 1970's. He's not exactly a household name, but he is well respected in energy efficiency circles.

Keep reading Amory Lovins on Climate Change and Energy

Does Earth Hour Work? (Earth Hour Photos from Sydney)

The focus of Earth Hour is on turning off your lights for one hour. It is a largely symbolic gesture: lighting is just one part of the problem and it's only one hour. Despite this, I think it is a great way to focus attention on our current wasteful use of energy.

Keep reading Earth Hour Photos from Sydney

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