House with solar panels

Go big for home solar array

There is still plenty to think about while we wait for our neighbours to respond to the latest communication about the trees on our boundary.  Reading a few articles encouraged ...

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House with solar panels

Solar plus batteries gaining momentum

Installing solar cells and then fitting a battery storage system might be worth a few greenie points, but is the extra cost justified on a purely economic analysis? Not yet maybe, but current trends indicate that time isn't too far in the future.

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Heating the home with air conditioning

Goldilocks heating method

The more we investigated heating options, the more the experience reminded me of Goldilocks choosing a bowl of porridge.  Which method might be too hot? Which might be too cold?  Which ...

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Home show 2016

Visiting the Melbourne Home Show is another way to gather ideas and opinions about what sustainability features we should include in our design.

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solar power

Solar power and batteries

Using the ATA Sunulator to decide on the optimum sizing of solar power cells and batteries for our home.

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Sorry about the climate change, but we’d like to help

This You Tube video was shown by the students organising an assembly for World Environment Day.  It’s a powerful message about the likely consequences of unchecked climate change. As a ...

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Tesla powerwall unit

Tesla Energy is on the way – hooray!

A flurry of press releases announced the imminent arrival of Tesla Energy in Australia.  So what?  No biggie?  It’s just the most promising thing to happen to battery storage prices ...

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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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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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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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