A Special Report on heating and cooling our homes for owners and tenants

The Green List is excited to announce our first special report – with a live discussion

  • Published 25 April through a dedicated newsletter and published permanently on The Green List website
  • Coverage in The Fifth Estate week of 25 April
  • Discussion panel on what we discover – live

As many of us choose to keep working at home, we might have noticed the cooling and heating bills are suddenly bigger.

There’s also that nagging feeling that it’s Sophie’s choice between personal comfort versus impact on the environment. And not all of us have the luxury of solar panels on the roof,      which is fine for our daytime comfort, but unless we can also afford a big battery, what about the night?

As temperatures rise in Western Sydney the predictions are for two months of intensive heat… soon. Not to mention Melbourne’s sweltering summer of ’22, Adelaide and Perth’s growing heat and let’s not forget Australia’s north where the humidity is known in some parts as the “suicide season”.

For the next few weeks The Green List, headed by journalist and content manager Rose Mary Petrass (that’s me!), will be collecting information, news and views on how best to protect our comfort sustainably.

We will take a look at what the most efficient cooling systems are and where to source reliable information. Is evaporative cooling still a thing? We’ll scour the state, federal and local governments for any rebates or offers to help in practical ways. For instance some councils suggest their vulnerable communities take refuge in the local shopping centre. 

If you’re a property owner you might be able to take advantage of special low-cost deals or finance through your bank to help install a decent heating and cooling system.

But what if you’re a tenant? We’ll look into the options for tenants – and look for the most practical and cost effective options and see how they can suggest their landlords chip in or do a retrofit to protect not just their tenants but the capital value of their home. Uncomfortable houses and flats could well become the stranded assets of our built environment, sooner than we think.

And then there’s “old mate” Covid. We’ll see what we can do in the home to make sure to protect ourselves.


This feature is ideal for retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of air conditioning and heating systems, as well as the consultants who advise private and commercial residential developers. It will suit manufacturers and suppliers of insulation products and services and providers of green finance and other green retrofit options.

Advertising deadline 7 March – Contact 

Abdul Khan

National Advertising Manager

The Fifth Estate Media Group

M 0433 159 345


For editorial information drop me a line

Content Manager 

The Green List 

Rose Mary Petrass 


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  1. The main barrier to improving rental housing is tax law – while owners can only depreciate improvements over years, they will make no changes.

    The other main barrier – from a tenant’s perspective – is the difficulty in getting a long term lease, or even any formal recognition of my part in improvements to the property. I can’t afford to pay even part of the cost of an air-conditioner if I will be evicted in twelve months, or have the rent vastly increased.

    1. thanks for your input Anne, this is exactly the kind of insights we’re looking for. We will be seeking to produce an “agenda” to say what needs to be done to improve the situation for all.