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rantapawan
rantapawan
17 April

Sustainability Links

Sustainability Links
1, 2

Its a great resource list Steve, Thanks!

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rantapawan
Apr 17, 2020 4:34 am
rantapawan
MR2
MR2
20 January 2014

REMINDER: Check Meter Reading

REMINDER: Check Meter Reading

we just had the same thing, our bill was over by 130kw over a 137kw bill hahahaha

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MR2
Jan 20, 2014 5:04 pm
MR2

The sediment trap has to be installed to a non turbulent section of pipe, a sediment trap on each run before the intersecting tee is ideal. Ideally, the tee would be a…

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SaveH2O
Oct 08, 2020 5:52 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
2 October

Water tank

Water tank

Yes. There should be a mains water switching device fitted if the tank originally supplied a cistern. Without being on site or seeing photos, I or anyone else cannot…

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SaveH2O
Oct 02, 2020 12:35 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 September

Water tanks for the technically challenged

Water tanks for the technically challenged
1, 2, 3

Do you remember the issue you had with the low flow out of the garden hose yet there was good pressure at the tap? It was all about friction losses through the 12mm hose.

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SaveH2O
Sep 30, 2020 3:15 pm
SaveH2O
alexp79
alexp79
16 September

has anyone tried hempcrete before?

has anyone tried hempcrete before?

I am building with Durisol. It is also sustainable material e.g. woodcrete.

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alexp79
Sep 16, 2020 8:22 pm

Yes but a leaf diverter has to be fitted. NOTE: This isn't a regulatory requirement in many areas :evil: but it should be. Having an additional low restriction inlet valve…

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SaveH2O
Aug 16, 2020 1:51 pm
SaveH2O
Tash2020
Tash2020
22 July

Spammers on Home One?

Spammers on Home One?

Yes I received the same message last week.

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Tash2020
Jul 23, 2020 12:14 am
dazza25
dazza25
19 July

Heat Pump hot Water v's Solar Hot Water System

Heat Pump hot Water v's Solar Hot Water System

We had a Sanden for 7 years at previous house, and have moved and are planning to get another one. It draws 1000W for 2-3 hours for 2 people (one of who has long showers)…

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dazza25
Jul 19, 2020 10:02 pm
GLO
GLO
18 July

Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?

Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?
1, 2

My upgraded Wisdom Home package I opted for the $7950 1.5kw Bristile (33x 45w)solar tile package with Fronius inverter. I added 4 extra solar tiles to make it 1.665kw.…

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GLO
Jul 18, 2020 7:38 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
16 July

Rainwater tank issues

Rainwater tank issues

Eastlink makes me reasonably close to you and I can travel for work. Apart from that, I can't recommend anyone, it's rare to see a rainwater harvesting system that isn't…

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SaveH2O
Jul 16, 2020 10:41 pm
SaveH2O
FionaJC
FionaJC
14 July

Wood Plastic Composite decking

Wood Plastic Composite decking

Hi David, We have used Modwood and love it. It’s a no maintenance option and looks great! Quite expensive, but a great product

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FionaJC
Jul 14, 2020 5:52 am
supa007
supa007
27 May

Plumbing consultant / Hydraulic engineer recommendation

Plumbing consultant / Hydraulic engineer recommendation

Definitely a labour of love. Didn't realize that the decision to go unconventional would bring such challenges... We'll hopefully be starting soon, pending engineering,…

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supa007
May 27, 2020 9:44 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
15 May

Pumping uphill - bottom or top ?

Pumping uphill - bottom or top ?

200mm is ok. If the outlet was at the very bottom as many are, the pumped high density water will mix with the sediment layer in the receiving tank rather than rise like…

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SaveH2O
May 15, 2020 3:57 pm
SaveH2O

My Rainwater harvesting system

My Rainwater harvesting system

I'll add a pic to help. SaveH20: 1a. Not sure of my 20:1 ARI . Im near Gawler SA. says about 2% chance of filling 5KL tank in 4 minutes assuming tranfer pump doesnt turn…

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southpacific
May 10, 2020 10:22 pm
southpacific

Water tank and pump configuration

Water tank and pump configuration

Its similar in terms of have 2 tank sites and transfer between. Im lucky not to have leaf problem.

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southpacific
May 09, 2020 12:57 pm
southpacific
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
6 May

Rainwater Harvesting Help

Rainwater Harvesting Help
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Very impressive and such a variety of produce! I'll read the summary a few more times…

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SaveH2O
May 06, 2020 1:05 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
2 May

Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater harvesting

Hi Intended use is for watering plants. Maybe later I might have aspirations to connect the toilets for flushing, but I will hold off on this for now because of the work…

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SaveH2O
May 02, 2020 10:40 pm
SaveH2O
delta4
delta4
1 May

Owner build a solar passive house

Owner build a solar passive house
1, 2

Thank you so much for taking the time To explain so much to me. The passivehaus is a whole next level we hadn’t really got that far . It’s more like you said, …

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delta4
May 01, 2020 11:23 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
1 May

Eating plastic?

Eating plastic?

UK scientists have found the highest concentration of microplastics ever recorded on the sea floor. Up to 1.9 MILLION pieces of microplastics per square metre were found…

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SaveH2O
May 01, 2020 9:21 pm
SaveH2O
rantapawan
rantapawan
20 April

Cheap solar derailing the market?

Cheap solar derailing the market?

Les concentrateurs solaires paraboliques sont formés par un ensemble de miroir incurvés dont l'assemblage entraine la réalisation d'une parabole. Ressemblant à des…

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rantapawan
Apr 20, 2020 3:24 pm
rantapawan
rantapawan
rantapawan
11 April

VEET Scheme Australia

VEET Scheme Australia

There is the Energy Savings Scheme(ESS) scheme for NSW.

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rantapawan
Apr 11, 2020 7:24 pm
rantapawan
rantapawan
rantapawan
29 February

Very high electricity consumption

Very high electricity consumption

Water heater takes loads of electricity unit. Do check its energy star ratings.

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rantapawan
Feb 29, 2020 5:12 pm
rantapawan
randomhero24
randomhero24
10 February

Solar Hot Water noises

Solar Hot Water noises

Thanks I appreciate the response, I’m trying to get I touch with chromagen.

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randomhero24
Feb 10, 2020 1:46 pm

A wise move, 100mm DWV has about 46% more volume and less friction loss than the 90mm (86.2mm ID) pvc stormwater pipe. Using 100mm DWV also allows you to install a…

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SaveH2O
Jan 17, 2020 1:11 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 January

Wood Plastic Composite decking

Wood Plastic Composite decking

Hmm. Thanks for the photos. Must admit it has been a while since I looked at any of these comp decking materials. They seem to have improved a lot in the last few years…

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Stewie D
Jan 17, 2020 8:42 am

The current wind map shows the South Polar jet stream stretching over the Australian southern coast, bringing cold air and strong winds with it. The Americans refer to…

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SaveH2O
Aug 10, 2019 12:13 pm
SaveH2O
aussieta
aussieta
6 May 2019

Interpreting energy usage on Powercor website

Interpreting energy usage on Powercor website

as the graph is in hourly increments you may export for 30 mins and import for 30 mins at least i hope that's what it is because my origin graph is the same

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aussieta
May 06, 2019 4:56 pm
aussieta
James Brown
James Brown
2 February 2019

Flat roof + Solar panels - Is it possible?

Flat roof + Solar panels - Is it possible?

It is possible to install solar system in your flat roof. You also may contact with a company which provide solar system.

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James Brown
Feb 02, 2019 9:30 pm
GLO
GLO
31 December 2018

No reason for new homes to include gas

No reason for new homes to include gas

I’ve have read that ATA article and am building a new house now. I cook with induction but with 4 kids I welcome the instant gas hot water. I tend to agree with the ATA…

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GLO
Dec 31, 2018 10:22 am
dotnetdan
dotnetdan
3 November 2018

Real time energy monitoring

Real time energy monitoring

Powered by a monitor that installs in your electric panel, it reads the current one million times each second and processes that…

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dotnetdan
Nov 03, 2018 12:53 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 June 2018

CSIRO recruiting citizen scientists to map energy use

CSIRO recruiting citizen scientists to map energy use

"Power to the people" John Lenon The CSIRO Are doing an incredible job Here is another great app download it and share your data with others...hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 19, 2018 1:45 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Drew01
Drew01
25 April 2018

Aquaplate tank water smells

Aquaplate tank water smells

we've got 4 aquaplate tanks, and no issues with taste or smell... but we've never had water delivered, ours all comes from our own roof with 100L first flush diverters

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Drew01
Apr 25, 2018 9:07 pm
Drew01
Matt Fence Finish
Matt Fence Finish
17 April 2018

Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop

I recently finished our chicken pen and coop. Was a bit of a saga (I'm good at pulling pallets apart now), but worth it for the fresh eggs and recycling the kitchen…

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Matt Fence Finish
Apr 17, 2018 9:36 am
Matt Fence Finish
benhelps
benhelps
14 April 2018

Solar battery house question

Solar battery house question

Mm true. We're about an hour from Newcastle. Most of the solar battery I'm talking will be setup/designed by me, like my current solar battery proof of concept setup (2…

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benhelps
Apr 14, 2018 11:14 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
1 March 2018

Tackling inefficiency & Urban Heat Island Effect

Tackling inefficiency & Urban Heat Island Effect

The outer Western Sydney suburb of Penrith registered 47.3C on January 7 but a news team found 48C outside a school in another suburb. Why do so many people spec black…

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SaveH2O
Mar 01, 2018 8:22 pm
SaveH2O
ddarroch
ddarroch
13 November 2017

Gas Newbie questions

Gas Newbie questions

The major energy requirements in your house are to heat your water, & space heating (depending on your climate & the quality of your build). In comparison, cooking…

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ddarroch
Nov 13, 2017 5:38 am
gummz
gummz
18 October 2017

Glazing to Mass ratio for a U shaped house

Glazing to Mass ratio for a U shaped house

I will check out those companies. I have changed the courtyards sliding doors i to 2x french doors. They arr currently 2.4m high as i'm not too keen on 2.1m. I asked…

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gummz
Oct 18, 2017 8:14 am
MarkSindone
MarkSindone
29 September 2017

Rainwater catchment in tropics (New build)

Rainwater catchment in tropics (New build)
1, 2

Not much by ways of contributing to help from me here, but just chipping in my 2 cents worth to thank you guys for starting this thread. It's actually quite interesting…

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MarkSindone
Sep 29, 2017 2:52 pm
MarkSindone
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
1 August 2017

New Build: LED Recessed Lights or Incandescent with LED bulb

New Build: LED Recessed Lights or Incandescent with LED bulb

A well designed LED downlight with a constant current LED driver will outlast and outperform an LED globe in a traditional fitting in every metric by a substantial margin.…

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1960sModernistHome
Aug 01, 2017 7:31 am
1960sModernistHome
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1960sModernistHome
May 30, 2017 8:22 pm
1960sModernistHome
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SaveH2O
Apr 03, 2017 12:18 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
26 March 2017

HSTP PUMP

HSTP PUMP

Davey are a good pump but Grundfos are superior. You just need to work out what you are prepared to pay.

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SaveH2O
Mar 26, 2017 4:42 pm
SaveH2O
nicjam
nicjam
14 March 2017

Stormwater Requires Rainwater Tank

Stormwater Requires Rainwater Tank

Thanks SaveH2O. So spoke with the council, they say it is for detention only, we are on mains water so it is not required to be the sole water supplier for the property.…

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nicjam
Mar 14, 2017 2:20 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
3 February 2017

Water tank pumps....

Water tank pumps....
1, 2, 3

water pumps tend to last very long with good maintenance and with water pump controllers which increase the life of water pumps and also save water

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SaveH2O
Feb 03, 2017 10:58 am
SaveH2O
limefroggy
limefroggy
24 December 2016

Noisy water pump from rainwater tank

Noisy water pump from rainwater tank

Thanks for the advice, I will try the rubber mat.

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limefroggy
Dec 24, 2016 1:54 am
limefroggy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 December 2016

TESLA introduces the SOLAR ROOF.

TESLA introduces the SOLAR ROOF.

Would you care to quote where a car was mentioned? OT but just FYI. it is widely believed that the coming TESLA Model 3 will have an optional PV sun roof.

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SaveH2O
Dec 19, 2016 10:50 pm
SaveH2O

Metal tanks are dearer but they (should) last longer although good poly tanks do last a long time. Metal tanks haven't been without their problems though and there was a…

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SaveH2O
Dec 17, 2016 12:08 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
21 November 2016

Rainwater catchment

Rainwater catchment

If you have a standard rainwater harvesting system, you will need pvc downpipes but there would usually only be a couple of downpipes affected. Contracturally, they have…

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SaveH2O
Nov 21, 2016 9:18 pm
SaveH2O
nelleebellee
nelleebellee
26 October 2016

Water Pump for Large Home Rain Water- What to choose?

Water Pump for Large Home Rain Water- What to choose?

We have an Ebara JEM120PC on our 110,000L tank. We paid $650 and it was recommended to us by our tank supplier. The pump and tank are located about 7 metres below our…

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nelleebellee
Oct 26, 2016 8:37 pm
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