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Hot water systems buying guide

15 Jul 2013 | By researching the options and choosing the best system for your needs, you could save money and the environment.   More »

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Rainwater tanks buying guide

01 Jul 2008 | Australia is the driest inhabited continent and predictions are that the future is likely to get hotter and drier.   More »

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CHOICE power switching survey

26 Feb 2009 | With the increased cost of power generation, household bills are set to rise nationally over the next few years and consumers will be on the look-out for cheaper energy prices.  More »

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Guide to rebates for going green

24 Apr 2009 | With climate change in mind, more Australians are installing power- and water-saving equipment. As this can mean significant upfront costs, governments are offering a range of rebates.   More »

Solar panels

Solar panels buying guide

01 Oct 2010 | Everything you need to know about making the right purchase decision.   More »

Water

Guide to greywater systems

02 Jan 2008 | Recycling greywater is one way of saving water: after all, you don’t need drinking-quality water to water the garden or flush the toilet.  More »

Showerheads

Showerheads home test

19 Apr 2013 | Our home tester and her family trialled several water-efficient showerheads - how did they go with the low flow?  More »

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Solar electricity incentives

03 Aug 2009 | Changes to the federal government’s rebate for solar panels are likely to increase the cost of installing a solar PV system.  More »

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CFL and LED lamps review

28 Nov 2013 | Find out which of the 14 LED and CFL models scored highest for light output and endurance.  More »

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Solar hot water systems buying guide

13 Aug 2008 | CHOICE takes the confusion out of purchasing solar and heat pump hot-water systems.   More »

Top 10 Recent Articles

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Solar PV system leasing and PV power purchasing agreements (PPAs)

04 Nov 2014 | The cost of installing solar can be too much in one hit for some householders. Solar leasing or a solar PV power purchasing agreement could be the answer.  More »

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Your utility rights

07 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.   More »

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CFL and LED lamps review

28 Nov 2013 | Find out which of the 14 LED and CFL models scored highest for light output and endurance.  More »

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Hot water systems buying guide

15 Jul 2013 | By researching the options and choosing the best system for your needs, you could save money and the environment.   More »

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Water efficiency label

27 Dec 2013 | Water efficiency labels allow consumers to compare the water efficiency of different products.   More »

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Shopping around for a new energy deal

20 May 2013 | Are you paying too much for your energy? If you haven't reviewed your energy plan recently, chances are you're paying too much.   More »

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Solar panel payback times

18 Jun 2013 | They've become much cheaper to install, so payback times for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have decreased in most states.  More »

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Energy retailers' marketing tactics

23 Apr 2013 | Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.   More »

Showerheads

Showerheads home test

19 Apr 2013 | Our home tester and her family trialled several water-efficient showerheads - how did they go with the low flow?  More »

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Carbon offsets

25 Jul 2012 | Can consumers trust that validated carbon offsets are genuine, or is it still the Wild West out there?  More »

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