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Stewie D
Stewie D
3 March 2016

Sustainability Links

Sustainability Links

Thanks for the tip. I'll go through all those links and toss out all the ones that are no longer working. It's been a while since I looked at some of them. Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 03, 2016 6:43 am
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 4:04 pm
MR2
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
14 June

Eating plastic?

Eating plastic?

The links in the thread below are sobering reading and viewing. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=86017

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SaveH2O
Jun 14, 2019 9:16 am
SaveH2O
Liliana
Liliana
27 May

Cheap solar derailing the market?

Cheap solar derailing the market?

This is the contention of some "rooftop solar industry veterans" referenced in the following article which appeared today on the ABC:

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Liliana
May 27, 2019 9:27 am

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 3:56 pm
aussieta

I have a very simple tank cleaner design that is like a vacuum head that you push slowly over the floor and it works well. In time I will have it on the website at a cost…

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SaveH2O
Apr 29, 2019 11:33 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
28 February

Cyclone watch and other meteorological interests.

Cyclone watch and other meteorological interests.
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With more windy hot conditions over the next several days, the risk of serious bush fires remains high for large areas of Australia. The Government link below allows you…

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SaveH2O
Feb 28, 2019 9:59 am
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 February

Washing machines and environmental vandalism

Washing machines and environmental vandalism

Good articles. Scary though. Our continued use of plastics of all descriptions and chemicals is very sad when we know that there are viable alternatives. Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 19, 2019 4:12 pm
James Brown
James Brown
2 February

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 8:30 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 9:22 am
ThanhTran
ThanhTran
29 November 2018

Very high electricity consumption

Very high electricity consumption

Your usage is 6 times more than me. You should log on the Citipower website and analyze your usage data. You may record time of use for big appliances such as heaters,…

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ThanhTran
Nov 29, 2018 10:17 pm
dotnetdan
dotnetdan
3 November 2018

Real time energy monitoring

Real time energy monitoring

I got a https://iotawatt.com/ device. It can monitor up to 14 channels and I have integrated into Home Assistant (There is a JSON API) Love it.

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dotnetdan
Nov 03, 2018 11:53 am
GLO
GLO
3 September 2018

Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?

Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?
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I'm getting 1.5kw solar tiles with a Fronius symo only west facing front roof profile.

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GLO
Sep 03, 2018 8:35 pm
Monty4
Monty4
29 June 2018

Rainwater tank issues

Rainwater tank issues

To close this thread off...... In consultation with our builder, it was agreed that he would reduce the roof catchment being diverted to the tank to the northern roof area…

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Monty4
Jun 29, 2018 5:00 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 12:45 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 8:07 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 8:36 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 10:14 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 7:22 pm
SaveH2O
algernon
algernon
1 February 2018

Owner build a solar passive house

Owner build a solar passive house
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For eaves and window sizing, it's very possible to go down a rabbit hole and end up overthinking things too much. When designing our new house, I spent many, many hours…

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algernon
Feb 01, 2018 8:46 pm
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 4:38 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 7:14 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 1:52 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 6:31 am
1960sModernistHome
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1960sModernistHome
May 30, 2017 7:22 pm
1960sModernistHome
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SaveH2O
Apr 03, 2017 11:18 am
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 3:42 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 1:20 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
3 February 2017

Water tank pumps....

Water tank pumps....
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You can only phone and ask a tank cleaner in your area. I have heard of people using a pool cleaner to clean a tank and although I have never seen it done, I can't see…

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SaveH2O
Feb 03, 2017 9:58 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 12:54 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 9:50 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 16, 2016 11:08 pm
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 8:18 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 7:37 pm
nelleebellee
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
26 October 2016

75k L potable system design with a few questions.

75k L potable system design with a few questions.

I appreciate your appreciation! I was wondering whether you had plumbed the pipe the full distance. Did the 'experts' also advise you to use the sch 40 pipe? Those guys…

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SaveH2O
Oct 25, 2016 11:02 pm
SaveH2O

The first thing you need to do is Google your council's requirements. The council mandates however are often poorly thought out but there are some basic design principles…

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SaveH2O
Oct 01, 2016 2:31 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
16 September 2016

Rinnai HWS & Pressure Tank

Rinnai HWS & Pressure Tank
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I didn't know that this product existed, it is an overdue innovation and I am going to buy one myself and do some long term testing. I have asked around but I haven't…

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SaveH2O
Sep 16, 2016 11:32 am
SaveH2O

Anyone ?

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Lorri
Sep 07, 2016 9:36 pm
Lorri

There are a number of threads in this sub forum that discuss and also show a diagram of a very effective DIY sediment trap designed for DWV pipe. The head is the…

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SaveH2O
Sep 04, 2016 3:15 pm
SaveH2O
tezzab
tezzab
21 August 2016

Tank - 3rd try

Tank - 3rd try
1, 2

Hi SaveH2O, thanks for your response and observations. I did give the plumber credit for swatting up on the diverters, as he was intrigued by the theory after initially…

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tezzab
Aug 21, 2016 9:54 pm
tezzab
Frewvk
Frewvk
21 August 2016

My rainwater system design

My rainwater system design

Hi John Are you done, moved in and have full tanks? In the end did the builder install 75mm downpipes? With all this rain I've been cursing that we don't have a roof or…

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Frewvk
Aug 21, 2016 5:10 pm
Frewvk
Frewvk
21 August 2016

Rainwater tank design for retrofitting

Rainwater tank design for retrofitting
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hi trixee I"ve enjoyed this thread and also appreciate the input of H2O!! Can you please provide an update on the performance of your Greyflow system? Our plans (based on…

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Frewvk
Aug 21, 2016 5:00 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 August 2016

How much water do we need?

How much water do we need?

Good posts by ddarroch and Stewie D. Before answering how long your water would last, we need to know the total sq m of your roof catchment areas and whether all roof…

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SaveH2O
Aug 13, 2016 2:44 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 August 2016

Size of backyard -> size of water tank

Size of backyard -> size of water tank

I wouldn't look at it on a ROI basis but you can pick up perfectly good second hand tanks quite cheaply. You also don't need a big pump if you use an 18mm garden hose from…

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SaveH2O
Aug 13, 2016 1:32 pm
SaveH2O
joshiia
joshiia
28 July 2016

Home Air Fresheners

Home Air Fresheners

Wife has been using Munchkin Arm and Hammer Nursery Fresheners. Smells good.

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joshiia
Jul 28, 2016 5:25 am
joshiia
joshiia
28 July 2016

solar panels in Sydney?

solar panels in Sydney?

Did you know that white roofs could actually save you energy? Part white roof part solar here. Just sharing.

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joshiia
Jul 28, 2016 5:21 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
11 July 2016

Vada water pump

Vada water pump

The 500W Einhell pressure pump that Bunnings stock has a 20 litre pressure tank, a pre pump filter, 2 year warranty, full parts availability and at $299 represents great…

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SaveH2O
Jul 11, 2016 5:06 pm
SaveH2O
dolphinblu
dolphinblu
7 July 2016

Heat Pump hot Water v's Solar Hot Water System

Heat Pump hot Water v's Solar Hot Water System

We have Sanden heat pumps. Purchased from a company in Melbourne.

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dolphinblu
Jul 07, 2016 8:26 pm
bpratt
bpratt
16 May 2016

Sludge in rain water tank

Sludge in rain water tank
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Many first flush systems are uselessly fitted to the top of the tank's vertical riser which means that the first flush pipe fills with the settled water in the vertical…

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bpratt
May 16, 2016 10:50 am
wood bang
wood bang
28 April 2016

Stormwater management plan

Stormwater management plan

PM me I can send you a few contacts

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wood bang
Apr 28, 2016 7:46 pm
wood bang
enviroflexinsulate
enviroflexinsulate
21 April 2016

Insulated garage door

Insulated garage door

Heya, We install a lot of garage doors (they are often forgotten). We use thermaboard which we have found is a really good solution. Let us know if you have any questions. :-)

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enviroflexinsulate
Apr 21, 2016 11:09 am
enviroflexinsulate
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
21 April 2016

Recycle water tank location

Recycle water tank location

In NSW, the required on site retention is determined by BASIX as far as I am aware but the council could have a say. With a bit of luck, Stewie will be able to advise as…

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SaveH2O
Apr 21, 2016 12:10 am
SaveH2O

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