We've reviewed more than 120 reverse-cycle split-system inverter air conditioners, priced from $649 upwards.
10 May 2013 |
Find out which air conditioner is suitable for your home, whether you want to heat a single room up or a large open plan living area.
Energy retailers are resorting to hard-sell tactics to increase market share.
23 Apr 2013 |
Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.
Find out which household appliance is costing you the most.
8 Nov 2012 |
Our CHOICE experts have crunched the numbers to show you which appliances are costing you the most- and what you can do about it.
CHOICE tests eight cooling-only models for performance, energy efficiency and ease of use.
17 Oct 2012 |
Our test covers models priced between $600 and $1499, from brands including DeLonghi, Dimplex and Omega.
Tell our energy ministers that enough is enough on rising electricity bills!
18 Sep 2012 |
Electricity prices have been soaring across Australia but now it's time to Take the Power Back by signing our petition.
Who should you trust when it comes to buying carbon offsets?
25 Jul 2012 |
Can consumers trust that validated carbon offsets are genuine, or is it still the Wild West out there?
We make sense of the confusing contracts of electricity retailers and outline a switching action plan.
30 Jun 2012 |
With electricity prices increasing, now is a good time to see what other plans are on offer.
Household living expenses will be less than Treasury estimates according to a joint study by The Climate Institute, CSIRO and AECOM.
28 Jun 2012 |
An independent study shows the impacts of the carbon tax on on households are likely to be smaller than anticipated.
Electricity prices have become turbo-charged, but savvy consumers can beat the price rises.
18 Jun 2012 |
Several factors are driving up electricity prices across Australia but you can beat them with these handy tips.
This solar air conditioner sounds good in theory, but isn't so good in practice.
9 May 2012 |
This air conditioner has a thermal panel to reduce the compressor load and save electricity usage - but does it work?
The Australian Government investigates the merits of a national Energy Savings Initiative.
2 May 2012 |
A national scheme could require energy companies to help households implement energy saving measures.
A reverse-cycle air conditioner can be the most efficient way to heat (and cool) a large room.
27 Apr 2012 |
Test results for 36 reverse-cycle inverter air conditioners with cooling capacities around 2.5 to 3.5 kW, including nine newly tested models.
Prices may be on there rise but there are things you can do to keep control of your bills.
13 Apr 2012 |
Electricity prices are continuing to rise but here's how you can reduce your bills.
Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.
8 Mar 2012 |
CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.
Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.
16 Nov 2011 |
Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.
Solutions and opportunities for home energy use
29 Sep 2011 |
CHOICE joined with the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in Canberra on 13 September 2011 for the Energy at Home conference.
This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.
22 Sep 2011 |
We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.
8 Sep 2011 |
With Australians being hit with higher energy bills, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to create a national energy savings initiative, designed to ensure it results in real savings for households.
Solar kickbacks around the country are being wound down, with several states surpassing or nearing their limits.
2 Aug 2011 |
Applicants for solar schemes around the country may have difficulty obtaining solar feed in tariffs, with several states reaching capacity.
All homes will be given star ratings in 2012, but is building energy efficiency being measured accurately?
27 Jul 2011 |
Without adequate controls in place, energy efficiency ratings may prove to be nothing more than words on paper.
CHOICE takes the mystery and political bluster out of the new carbon price.
10 Jul 2011 |
We navigate the landscape of carbon tax talk to find out exactly what the changes mean for the average Australian.
Energy prices are on the rise around Australia but there are steps you can take to cut energy use and save on bills.
1 Jul 2011 |
In this video, we take you behind the scenes at the CHOICE labs to get some expert advice from our testers on appliance energy savings.
Aussie households bin close to three million tonnes of food each year.
28 Jun 2011 |
CHOICE explains how you can do your bit to reduce household food waste, save money and help the environment in the process.
Action needed to cut bills
20 Jun 2011 |
CHOICE has joined calls for a national energy efficiency program to reduce household energy bills.
Energy price rises miss mark.
14 Jun 2011 |
Consumers are paying the cost of expanding energy networks, while opportunities to cut demand and slash bills are missed.
You don't need to spend top dollar on an energy meter, most of the cheaper models will do the job.
8 Jun 2011 |
Looking to save on your energy bills? A power meter helps monitor electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce energy usage.
Help the environment by choosing more energy efficient products and changing your behaviour.
6 Jun 2011 |
This guide covers enegry efficent appliances, transport options, water usage and more.
A campaign to help Australian households and businesses reduce their energy and fuel use by 10%.
3 Jun 2011 |
CHOICE has joined forces with advocacy group DoSomething! to launch the 10% Challenge.
Some operators are bypassing safety considerations in their effort to cash in on fast-disappearing government money.
23 May 2011 |
Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.
Not everything is disposable these days.
28 Apr 2011 |
Our readers share stories of old reliable appliances and recount tales of appliances that have failed within minutes of first use.
We look at energy savings everyone can make.
30 Mar 2011 |
We've used our CHOICE testing to bring you a comprehensive list of energy-efficient products for your home.
Cheap and simple, this energy-efficient power switch controls many appliances at once.
31 Jan 2011 |
This simple switch can save power around the home by turning off several electrical appliances at once.
Our campaign to expose misleading environmental claims notches up another win as former renewable energy retailer Greenswitch is brought to task for breaching the Trade Practices Act.
14 Jan 2010 |
CHOICE welcomes Queensland’s move to ban inefficient air conditioners, but wants to see standards improved nationally.
3 Jul 2009 |
The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.
How much energy is being sucked up by the technology around your home? And what can you do about it?
30 May 2008 |
Studies show that many of us simply aren’t aware of just how much energy household electronics consume.
Find out how to be green around your home with our virtual tour.
4 May 2008 |
From the kitchen and laundry to the living room and backyard find out how your efforts can be best spent to help reduce your carbon footprint and create a greener future.
Check the label - your choice can influence your energy bill for years.
8 Jan 2008 |
Choosing an energy-efficient model will save you money. And because most electricity generation produces greenhouse gases, it’s better for the environment too.
In Australia, electricity consumption, powered mainly by coal, is high.
1 May 2007 |
Switching to accredited GreenPower would significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions your household is responsible for, and it’s now available to all Australian households.