Sydney recorded a record drop of 12 per cent in energy use during Earth Hour last Friday. That’s double 2010′s drop in energy use and according to Ausgrid, the equivalent of switching off more than 2 million energy saving light bulbs for an hour and cutting about 27 tonnes of carbon emissions from the atmosphere. […]
There was a good story in The Sydney Morning Herald the other day about Greg and Leanne Olsen who have created an environmentally friendly home and halved their carbon footprint. The Olsens took advantage of council and government rebates to retrofit their home. And they use some good old fashioned common sense and a big […]
Last year the energy use in Sydney’s CBD during Earth Hour dropped about 6 per cent. That’s the same amount of energy required to power 1.3 million energy efficient light bulbs for one hour! Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia) will be measuring the energy use in Sydney’s CBD during Earth Hour again this year so let’s hope […]
A few weeks ago I realised that the theatre tickets I’d booked coincided with Earth Hour. Would I sacrifice an evening with Bryan Brown and Colin Friels? Luckily I didn’t have to as someone from The Sydney Theatre Company phoned to say they were shifting the performance forward by an hour so they could dim […]
The smart home featured on a story about winter power savers on Channel 9′s A Current Affair the other night. We have been introduced as The Jetsons before but ACA settled on The Addams Family. I like their style as it is one of my favourite old TV shows and as a little kid I […]
When we first heard about the Smart Home, the project was described as Big Brother meets The Jetsons. We have an electric car rather than a flying car and there are no hidden cameras to capture us dancing around in bunny ears but there are flashing white modules attached to every appliance in the house. […]
Due to popular demand, the Smart Home Memory Game is back! Click on the link to the right of your screen to play, get energy-saving titbits and go into the draw for $500 worth of energy-saving appliances from Harvey Norman. Entries close April 7.
With news yesterday of rising electricity costs in NSW, big TVs were once again cited as one of the reasons that bills are constantly climbing. Keeping that in mind, I thought I’d test out how much of a difference it makes whether you’re running a plasma or an LCD TV. So, from 1pm to 2pm, […]
This is the story that appears on page 16 of the Auburn Pictorial Review, our local paper. The story is by Kim Palmer, who did a great interview.
And the winner of the Smart Home Family Blog Competition is… (drum roll) Wendy Jennings! From post code 2701. Wendy, Ausgrid will contact you, by either email or phone, for your mailing details. Congratulations! And we’d love to hear which energy-saving appliances you buy with your $500 Harvey Norman voucher. Thanks to all who entered.