About Energy Freedom
The Energy Freedom initiative is a group of innovative and progressive Australian organisations working together to deliver energy freedom to Australian homes. Energy Freedom helps households across Australia make their homes high-performing, comfortable, and zero emissions. With readily available technology, some know-how and some ambition, Australian homeowners can move to higher energy efficiency, generate electricity from their own solar energy, and achieve energy freedom.
The Energy Freedom initiative will:
- Provide Australian homeowners with easy to follow information that enables them to take steps to achieve energy freedom in their homes
- Create an engaged and active community of households committed to achieving energy freedom and use this community to drive change in government policies on residential energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Energy Freedom is a partnership between Beyond Zero Emissions and successful and reputable organisations which we believe can play a strong part in transforming Australia’s buildings into zero emissions buildings, however, this is not to be taken as an endorsement by Beyond Zero Emissions.
Energy Freedom is coordinated by climate solutions think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions, who produced the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings plan – the research basis for our project.
Beyond Zero Emissions Inc, a not-for-profit research and education organisation working to design and implement a zero emissions economy for Australia.
Sun Edison (formerly Energy Matters) is one of Australia’s largest companies solely dedicated to solar energy; with warehouses around the country and a staff of over 100.
The award winning business was founded in 2005 and has since installed over 15,000 solar panel systems on homes, schools and commercial buildings, including Australia’s largest privately funded solar photovoltaic project – a 200kW rooftop array in Sydney.
Sun Edison is committed to helping Australians burn a hole in their electricity bill with quality solar systems at affordable prices. Its nationwide team of passionate and knowledgeable solar advocates, expert installers and reputable brands are the foundation of its success. Sun Edison is 100% Australian owned and sources only products which have been tested in Australia’s harsh conditions. With expertise in both grid connect and off grid power, Sun Edison is able to provide flexible clean energy solutions to fit almost all needs.
cherryLED is an Australian owned and locally operated business. Our team has between them over 100 years of experience in the energy and sustainable living professions, yet we are regularly amazed at the technological developments that LED Lighting continues to achieve.
Committed to sustaining a liveable planet for our children and future generations, the team at cherryLED work tirelessly to inform local communities of the benefits that can be gained from reducing their carbon footprint. We are proud to not only save our customer’s money, but also contribute to a greener society.
The Knauf Insulation business in Australia supplies a wide range of glasswool for walls, ceilings, underfloors and HVAC, rockwool, XPS, and reflective foil insulation products, along with design services for any building project. With state of the art proprietary technology, we produce insulation of the very highest quality and aim to provide customer service to continually enhance industry standards.
Recognising that Australia has unique climatic conditions and therefore specific insulation requirements, Knauf Insulation provides a range of products to suit local construction methods and proven solutions to provide comfort and energy efficiency in buildings. Long term, equal value partnerships with our customers are an important part of our approach. With continual advancements in regulations for energy efficiency, acoustic performance, fire resistance and sustainable building materials, we are constantly enhancing our product range.
Apricus is a leading designer and manufacturer of home solar water heating products. Apricus serves small-scale residential and business solar hot water systems, large-scale solar thermal heating plants, and everything in between.
Beginning as a small operation at a household in Sydney NSW, Apricus grew and have built an efficient distribution network with key stock and warehouse locations across the country. Apricus Solar distribution network now consists of 1500+ Suppliers, and over 150 Warranty/Service agents.
All Apricus products are produced with a strong emphasis on quality, simplistic design and ease of installation.
All air conditioners claim to offer you comfort. Daikin aims to offer you more, with something they call “Comfort by design”. This relates to Daikin’s passion for designing and engineering smart technologies to ensure your comfort levels are maximised.
Daikin’s commitment to your comfort is demonstrated in its global focus on research and development, and the establishment of its own world-class Australian manufacturing facility. Daikin is recognised as an expert in air conditioning. In fact, it is the only company in the world to make both air conditioners and refrigerants. Enabling them to provide products that are world leading in performance, quality and reliability. They strive to reduce the environmental impact that comes with increasing air conditioner demand by making the most of proprietary environmental technologies in the area of refrigerants and energy savings.
Daikin’s extensive product range can be found in homes, offices, hotels and shops across Australia and around the world.
HUM by Torus
“A HUM system will help control your energy use, secure your home and simplify daily tasks all through the touch of a button on your smartphone, tablet or computer. The HUM user interface is a secure web based solution with extensive integration capabilities.”
Create settings that save energy and money without altering your lifestyle:
- Default lights to come on at 75% usage
- Reduce consumption by scheduling chosen items to shut off at night and during the day whilst at work
- Stop stand by power wastage
We’re a remote control for your home.
With the touch of a button, you can control every room and get your home under your thumb.
Windows For Life
Windows For Life is an Australian-owned manufacturer of quality u-PVC windows and doors. Windows For Life is based in Melbourne.
Sustainable Construction Services
Sustainable Construction Services is a double and triple glazing company based in Melbourne. They are strongly committed to improving the sustainability of our communities and businesses.
Australian Glass & Glazing Association
The Australian Glass & Glazing Association (AGGA) is a peak body which brings together over 650 manufacturers, importers, processors, installers, glaziers and suppliers to the building and window industry.
The Australian glass and glazing industry is a thriving, dynamic and rapidly evolving environment. That’s why those that engage in best standards practice, those that commit to safety, and those that drive innovation are members of the AGGA.
The AGGA promotes and encourages the trade and business interests of members of the AGGA as well as providing information and advocacy services on all aspects of glass from energy efficiency to standards, safety and compliance.
The Totem eKo in-home display is produced by Intercel Pty Ltd.
Intercel is a leading manufacturer and supplier of GSM, GPRS, 3G and 4G industrial modems for machine-to-machine applications in the Australian market. Incorporated in 1988, the company was Australia’s first cellular solution provider for remote meter reading. Since then it has been at the forefront of providing innovative and reliable cellular communication solutions.
Intercel is renowned for its quality, reliability and industry expertise and has evolved to become a specialist in the utility metering market. Intercel has sold over a million industrial modems through its comprehensive understanding of customer requirements and continuous appreciation of industry trends and developments.
Intercel has an innovative and experienced research and development team who can offer expertise in a wide range of industrial applications such as automation, industrial monitoring, fleet management, security, metering and environmental monitoring.
Based in Victoria, Earthworker is a community-led initiative to provide sustainable, wealth-creating jobs that empower local communities and provide clean energy solutions. They are manufacturing highly efficient and affordable Solar Hot Water Systems.
Diamond Energy sources its electricity from the rooftops of thousands of solar customers across the country and from generators that are Renewable Energy Target (RET) Scheme approved and accredited to produce 100% GreenPower, including Diamond Energy’s own Tatura, & Shepparton biogas plants and other wave, wind & solar generators. They source more electricity from renewable generators than their total customers consume. You can read more about these on their website.
Powershop is part of Meridian Energy, a 100% renewable energy generator (in fact the largest 100% renewable energy generator in Australasia). Meridian Energy in Australia operates two wind farms and these wind farms produce more renewable energy than the total energy Powershop sells. So every dollar you spend with Powershop will help them support renewable energy. Powershop offers 100% GreenPower accredited products and Meridian Energy’s Mt Millar wind farm in South Australia is a 100% GreenPower accredited generator.
At ecoMaster, we believe that every home deserves to be naturally comfortable with low and manageable energy bills, and are proud to make this a reality for existing Victorian homes every day. We assess, specify and install the highest quality retrofit solutions that we’ve hand-picked and recommended with confidence for over a decade. Our products cover all areas of thermal efficiency solutions including; draught proofing; underfloor, ceiling and wall insulation; and secondary glazing, which is double glazing for existing windows. Our unique whole-home approach to thermal comfort has seen thousands of Victorian households follow their ecoHome Retrofit Plan towards making their existing homes much more enjoyable to live in, no matter what the temperature is outside.
Are you a company or industry association that would like to join Energy Freedom?
We are currently inviting heat pump, double glazing and electrical appliance companies to join Energy Freedom as Foundation or General members. Please contact Stephen.Bygrave@bze.org.au if you are interested in applying to join us.
Energy Freedom is partnering with councils to promote the 9 steps to Energy Freedom through council newsletters, websites, festivals and events. By forming these Knowledge Partnerships, councils will help promote Energy Freedom and assist more householders in achieving comfortable, smarter and high performing homes, whilst speeding up the transition to a zero emissions Australia.
Many councils have set ambitious emissions reductions targets by 2020, and Energy Freedom offers a key strategy for councils to meet these targets through energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits in buildings.