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'Got so used to that comfortable environment': NSW's obsession with air con hurting the hip-pocket

'Got so used to that comfortable environment': NSW's obsession with air con hurting the hip-pocket

Australia's increasing obsession with air conditioning means around 2.3 million households run their air-conditioners for at least an hour when they are not home, a new survey claims.

  • by Ben Weir

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Caravan park residents brace for 40-degree days
Electricity

Caravan park residents brace for 40-degree days

Residents of Southside Village caravan park are gearing up for some seriously uncomfortable days.

  • by Sally Pryor
Insulation subsidies proposed under expanded energy scheme
ACT government

Insulation subsidies proposed under expanded energy scheme

But the widened program could be accompanied by bigger gas bills for ACT customers.

  • by Katie Burgess
Aussie start up pushing switch to electric passenger planes
Qantas

Aussie start up pushing switch to electric passenger planes

We're getting used to electric cars. How about using battery power to fight gravity?

  • by Patrick Hatch
Unseasonal rain causes widespread power outages across Perth

Unseasonal rain causes widespread power outages across Perth

A small amount of unseasonal rain overnight has left nearly 10,000 homes without power across Perth on Thursday morning. 

  • by staff writers
Powered by poo: How this power station keeps the lights on
Electricity

Powered by poo: How this power station keeps the lights on

Is Australia’s largest power station ready for one of the most challenging summers on record?

  • by Cole Latimer
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The new laws taking effect in NSW from January 1
Roads

The new laws taking effect in NSW from January 1

With a state election looming, families with children will benefit most, while road users will again be slugged with toll increases.

  • by Josh Dye
Night sky turns blue in New York as power station fire erupts
USA

Night sky turns blue in New York as power station fire erupts

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said it was investigating reports of a transformer fire at a Con Edison substation.

  • by Matt Stevens
Meet the people who control your power
Electricity

Meet the people who control your power

Hidden away in a bunker in a western Sydney suburb,there's a room that powers every aspect of your life - the nerve centre for Australia's electricity supply.

  • by Cole Latimer
Tyranny of distance: The renewable power disconnect
Renewables

Tyranny of distance: The renewable power disconnect

The renewable energy boom may be going to waste because the best place to put wind and solar is too far away to connect to the grid.

  • by Cole Latimer
Electricity price rise forecast inconsistent with ACT regulator's numbers
Canberra

Electricity price rise forecast inconsistent with ACT regulator's numbers

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission said a prediction that electricity prices would rise by 5 per cent was inconsistent with its own forecast.

  • by Jasper Lindell