Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
There is a widespread belief that evaporative cooling is a more energy efficient option than a conventional air conditioner - it's completely wrong. Evaporative cooling is a disaster for energy efficient and lower carbon homes.
Governments are ignoring a review they commissioned which finds homeowners are being ripped-off as the building industry flouts laws aimed at reducing energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of new homes.
With gas prices spiking upwards a death spiral is likely as household consumers switch over to electric appliances. However there may be no compensating reprieve for utilities through noticeably increased electricity consumption, thanks to a surprising discovery revealed in helping my parents disconnect from gas.
Improving transportation emissions standards, notably around diesel vehicles, will deliver immediate health benefits for our cities as well as contribute significantly in the battle against climate change.
The lobby representing power network companies wants these companies to have the power to mandate custom designed tariffs for specific customers. It's dressed up as being about protecting fairness but it creates a real risk of being used to protect them against competition from new technology.