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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Keep Solar Hot Water Affordable

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The axing of the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme rebate could make it difficult for many people to afford solar hot water, says the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Damien Moyse, the ATA energy projects and policy manager, said the Federal Government needed to ensure solar hot water and heat pump systems remained a viable option for Australian households.

Climate change parliamentary secretary Mark Dreyfus yesterday suddenly scrapped the scheme, which provided a $1000 rebate for solar hot water systems and $600 for heat pumps. It was due to end this year.

The government has previously committed to phasing out electric hot water systems nationally and replacing them with more energy efficient gas and solar systems. Mr Moyse said it should continue that commitment.

”The government needs to ensure that removing this rebate will not slow down the transition of households from inefficient electric storage systems to greenhouse-friendly solar hot water or heat pumps,” he said.

”The economics therefore need to stack up to continue to provide consumers this option when swapping out of an old electric storage system.

”Solar hot water and heat pumps need to remain affordable.”

The ATA is a consumer-based not-for-profit organization promoting renewable energy, sustainable building design and water saving.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Merk

    March 3, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Russell, what’s that got to do with the price of power in Poatina? Can you direct me to where it was argued that the taxpayer should subsidise the politicians every expense? Short answer: you can’t, because no one did! Are you saying that because we can’t get politicians snouts out of the trough, we should all be pigging out on porkbarrels as well?

    Who pays? The majority do, but only a minority profits! Why not cut out the middle man, pay less tax, and buy solar panels ourselves? Why do some people insist that we need the government to be our wet nurses 365 days a year?

  2. Russell

    March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Unbelievable.

    First our Government de-rails Copenhagen, then Cancun, then they wind up all the renewable energy rebates/incentives, now they can the solar hot water. All this while they work furiously to put Carbon Tax legislation together to ram through parliament while rewarding the biggest pollutersa fter they slug us for the tax.

    Nothing to do with tackling climate change, is it?

    Re #3
    The delicious irony in arguing that the taxpayer should subsidise politicians’ every expense using taxpayers money.

    Whose money is the Government using, Merk? Which politician pays for his/her own electricity, travel, fuel, rent, drinking and smoking habit, etc, etc, etc.? Ever see an underfed or underfunded politician?

  3. Merk

    March 1, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Delicious irony in arguing that the government should subsidise individuals to become self-sufficient, using taxpayers money:
    ‘It’s important to be self-sufficient, the government should pay for it’!

  4. Harry Luster

    February 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    We are all locked into the consumption model so don’t expect too much interest in bucking the system that craves MORE. I’m told the rebates cultivated rorting anyway. We have to be smarter than this. Harry

  5. Stephan

    February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    We just can’t have people being self sufficient you know? It takes a lot of money to keep bureaucrats happy and to sustain the organisations created to manage a privatised public resource.

    People not connecting to water? No problem charge them anyway.

    People not usung enough power? No problems, raise the price.

    People becoming self sufficient? No problems make it as difficult as possible.

    The Government isn’t about helping people it’s about sustaining the economy. Guess what else sustains the economy?

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