Solar panel to battery to light to enable offgrid

Going all out for an off-grid home in the ‘burbs

Nothing beats a challenging issue for encouraging creative solutions.  Aiming to live in an off-grid home with regards to electricity is a stretch goal that we set because anything else seems so ...

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Picture this – ideas taking shape

Meetings with David are always exciting and informative.  This was no exception.   After brain storming a variety of floor plans, David had a concept that he felt was ready to ...

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renovated house with garden

One step closer with a successful auction

“Sold!” yelled the auctioneer and that closed the chapter on 14 years in this house. It all seemed so logical that we should sell this house as soon as we could. ...

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pond with water lillies

Going with the flow in rainwater management

While David was thinking about using water storage to create an mini-urban wetland, I was being inspired by the sight of a frog in our backyard.  This was either an ...

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Power tariffs – ask the right questions

Surely, we couldn’t be stuck with a flat rate peak tariff for electricity used while we lived in the old house on the property?  I decided that an investigation into tariffs was ...

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Backyard picnic to review design concepts

Sitting on the patch of ground that is quite likely to be our new living room was an ideal way to discuss options for the green home design.  The three ...

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Starting to move in, sort of.

Our new neighbours must have wondered who was moving in next door when they saw an unusual mix of items being lugged in – air hockey table, lawn mower, boxes, ...

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Back to the dark ages …

“What do you mean they don’t have a range of electricity tariffs for different times of the day? Isn’t that the equivalent of the Dark Ages for electricity supply?”  I ...

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Building in a sense of community

Where did the idea come from? Creating a sense of community in a housing development encourages people to want to live there.  This was a theme that Kevin McCloud talked ...

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making a wish and then blowing on a dandelion

For our new sustainable home, I wish …

What did we think should go into a sustainable home design?  Dreams about building something ‘different’ often seem to start with a wish list of ideas, culled from many and ...

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