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99annie
99annie
12 October 2012

Solar Energy

Solar Energy
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I am with Sanctuary Energy on the free the solar scheme plan, and really recommend going with someone else. I signed up in August 2010, the panels…

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99annie
Oct 12, 2012 1:52 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 September 2012

Home canning/preserving

Home canning/preserving

I kept some of my mums preserving jars that she used over forty years ago. We lived in the country in NZ and everyone used to be into preserving fruits, making jam,…

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Stewie D
Sep 24, 2012 10:27 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 September 2012

Protecting our north face...

Protecting our north face...

If you are looking at protecting just the walls from harsh midday sun then a small awning extending out maybe a metre would probably suffice. If it is an outdoor patio or…

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Stewie D
Sep 24, 2012 10:17 am
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Uncle Arfur
Sep 21, 2012 5:56 pm
PHL
PHL
4 September 2012

Solar Power

Solar Power

Firstly, what panels and which inverter are you being sold? Secondly, what the orientation of the largest roof are you have. FWIW, the $400 (which is a bit hight IMHO…

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PHL
Sep 04, 2012 10:37 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
21 August 2012

solar panels

solar panels

I thought the Solar Shop had gone broke, however for anything on solar I strongly suggest the Whirlpool Forum (apologies to Homeone) under Green Tech where I spent several…

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Uncle Arfur
Aug 21, 2012 12:12 pm
MissyP
MissyP
26 July 2012

Solarventi

Solarventi

Reviving an old thread. Anyone installed one of these? From what I know, it's a marvelous invention.

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MissyP
Jul 26, 2012 1:03 am
MissyP
Forg
Forg
5 July 2012

Passive solar flooring options

Passive solar flooring options

My mum got cork flooring to replace the salmon carpet that was there when they moved in. Given Dad's paint "colour" preferences (white, white, and white with a hint of…

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Forg
Jul 05, 2012 2:57 pm
Robyn S
Robyn S
28 June 2012

Has anyone got Lucci Envirolux CFL downlights

Has anyone got Lucci Envirolux CFL downlights

Don't do it Bailey. I bought Lucci downlights from Beacon that came with an 11w CFL bulb. One of them has blown after less than a month and I've now discovered I can't…

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Robyn S
Jun 28, 2012 5:55 pm
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
27 June 2012

Solar System Not Working

Solar System Not Working

Even if such people succeed in bullying customers into retracting their complaints online, they can't follow customers around stopping every private conversation they have…

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JazzyJess
Jun 27, 2012 10:47 pm
indi
indi
27 June 2012

Ozzi Kleen systems

Ozzi Kleen systems

We have had both an Ozzi Kleen and Septech (as well as septic tanks). A lot of councils will insist on a treatment plant rather than a septic, check this out first. Of…

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indi
Jun 27, 2012 12:47 pm
Forg
Forg
26 June 2012

heating a bathroom

heating a bathroom
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We've got under-floor electric in our bathroom, have had it a couple of years. Even though it's "on" for 4-5 months of they year, doesn't seem to use as much power as one…

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Forg
Jun 26, 2012 7:23 pm
Forg
Forg
26 June 2012

Patio & balcony materials

Patio & balcony materials

I was thinking about this last night, but Googling around didn't get me any fast answers. What sort of building materials should we be thinking about for north-facing…

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Forg
Jun 26, 2012 7:18 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
22 June 2012

Looking for 1.5 kw Solar Panel Installer Melbourne

Looking for 1.5 kw Solar Panel Installer Melbourne

Gee you certainly have left your run a bit late and you may find companies are loaded up with work until the cut-off date but good luck anyway. Have a look at the…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 22, 2012 11:24 am
Tippy Toes
Tippy Toes
13 June 2012

looking for 1.5kW sun tech solar panel installer

looking for 1.5kW sun tech solar panel installer

go to the whirlpool forums, green tech. Plenty of people with great information to help you.

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Tippy Toes
Jun 13, 2012 7:42 pm
Tippy Toes
PHL
PHL
12 June 2012

North Facing House - Solar Panels

North Facing House - Solar Panels
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Take a look at http://www.ausenergy.com.au/pdf/sunpower_205.pdf for one sexy looking panel. It's what I'll use when I finally get around to solar…

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PHL
Jun 12, 2012 11:05 pm
equineaffair
equineaffair
10 June 2012

Composting toilets?

Composting toilets?

I have one and I totally hate it. Gets full of bugs, Cannot wait for the house to be finished with septic tanks.

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equineaffair
Jun 10, 2012 11:22 pm
equineaffair
cenemelectrical
cenemelectrical
6 June 2012

Solar Power with 100V neutral

Solar Power with 100V neutral

Hello, was the solar ac isolator switched on? If the ac isolator was switched off, then yes this is very odd because a solar inverter will not pass electricity from the…

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cenemelectrical
Jun 06, 2012 10:36 pm

Decking using sustainable wood?

Decking using sustainable wood?
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I don't suppose anyone knows of a reputable timber yard in SE Qld (Gold Coast)? We want to deck our back verandah in either spotted gum or grey ironbark and are having a…

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kezacheekychicken
Jun 06, 2012 4:32 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
16 May 2012

orientation question for perthites

orientation question for perthites

Full south aspect is very cold in winter, pleasant in summer. If you are on the coast, the refreshing summer SW Fremantle Doctor becomes the "Freeze Breeze" :lol: All the…

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Treeseachanger
May 16, 2012 9:36 pm
greenfish
greenfish
28 April 2012

RANT: Why we're not eco.....

RANT: Why we're not eco.....
1 ... 11, 12, 13

Way to go Eager!! I've been wondering how that turned out :D

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greenfish
Apr 28, 2012 2:26 pm
greenfish
mdswat
mdswat
25 April 2012

solar powered pool pumps

solar powered pool pumps

has anyone any experience with solar powered pool pumps. wa quoted about 4k for a system i already have solar to the house, but was thinking of taking the pool off the…

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mdswat
Apr 25, 2012 10:03 pm
yvette72
yvette72
12 April 2012

Choosing Solar Electricity System - Cheap vs Expensive Quote

Choosing Solar Electricity System - Cheap vs Expensive Quote

honstely donot touch origin for solar power that is who i when with and there after service(what after service) I have been trying to get them to come and have a look at…

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yvette72
Apr 12, 2012 9:55 am
Liliana
Liliana
2 March 2012

Rinnai Smartstart or Rinnai Enviro

Rinnai Smartstart or Rinnai Enviro

Hi Rocketship, Thanks for the reply. You've made a good point. We will have a rainwater tank plumbed to the garden and we have to plumb the estate's recycled water to…

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Liliana
Mar 02, 2012 7:02 am
TaylaB
TaylaB
29 February 2012

Roof tile colour and heat transfer

Roof tile colour and heat transfer

Tile colour definitely has an effect! If you have ever noticed that in the warm mediterranean countries, particularly in their islands like Sicily or Santorini, the houses…

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TaylaB
Feb 29, 2012 6:05 am
TaylaB
B STAR
B STAR
27 February 2012

New Energy Rating Frustrations

New Energy Rating Frustrations

Just get the structure right. Later on you can do things like better blinds, 5 star gas heating, good windows. Pergola on west face wall. Plant around the house.

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B STAR
Feb 27, 2012 6:51 pm
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
23 February 2012

Read and hear about our sustainable home

Read and hear about our sustainable home

Hi everyone It's been a while since I was active in the forum, but I thought some of you might be interested to know that the house we built in 2010 (to which homeone…

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Elizabeth
Feb 23, 2012 9:09 pm
tjilpi
tjilpi
4 February 2012

Bushfire affected: Need builder for thermal efficient house

Bushfire affected: Need builder for thermal efficient house

I am assuming from your post you do not have a plan / working drawings yet?? If this is the case you need a building designer before you need a builder. If you dont want…

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tjilpi
Feb 04, 2012 10:40 am
gardentourz
gardentourz
20 January 2012

Sustainable Perth Open Garden and Home

Sustainable Perth Open Garden and Home

Nice garden, may I ask miss Fu Manchu if is it possible that your garden can be one of the…

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gardentourz
Jan 20, 2012 12:30 pm
dinga04
dinga04
14 January 2012

No/low VOC Wall sealer?

No/low VOC Wall sealer?

Well to answer my own question... yes Rockote eco sealer does work on 'white set' walls. After taking the bull by the horns and trusting the company we bought 60L of eco…

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dinga04
Jan 13, 2012 11:46 pm
yvette72
yvette72
13 January 2012

taylex compact 90

taylex compact 90

i am trying to find out what is costs to run the taylex compact 90 power wise it does run 24 days a day.the price cost of our power here is 20.6900.as there is a new add…

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yvette72
Jan 13, 2012 8:59 am
clearwater
clearwater
31 December 2011

Rainwater tanks - bladder tanks

Rainwater tanks - bladder tanks

Yeah, I have had one for the last 10 years- it's 3000 gals, just a big, heavy-duty plastic bag in essence. I could have had a frame, but got one which fitted inside a gal…

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clearwater
Dec 31, 2011 12:57 pm
Eve Dweller
Eve Dweller
7 December 2011

solar power installed anyone know to....

solar power installed anyone know to....

What I'm describing is a global evaluation in net energy production. Fossil fuels are a real source of energy. Solar and wind are only technologies to harness and…

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Eve Dweller
Dec 07, 2011 6:27 pm
m_g
m_g
1 December 2011

M3tricon goes green

M3tricon goes green

Clearly it's a case by case proposition from builders. We're looking at around $6,000 for double glazing. Our current quote from M in Victoria for double glazing all…

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m_g
Dec 01, 2011 6:59 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 November 2011

your back yard???

your back yard???

I saw that Gasland doco on SBS about six months back PLS and couldn't believe it. Then about a week later I started seeing all the TV reports and newspaper articles about…

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Stewie D
Nov 30, 2011 1:30 pm
RoadkillNZ
RoadkillNZ
30 November 2011

Eco-friendly Christmas ideas?

Eco-friendly Christmas ideas?

I was going to go for the solar versions of Christmas lights after Christmas (buying for next year) that way I save money and power :), and we don't have the time this year…

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RoadkillNZ
Nov 30, 2011 1:50 am
valleygirl23
valleygirl23
27 November 2011

Roof colour for Basix & NatHERS

Roof colour for Basix & NatHERS

FWIW, my problem has finally been resolved. It took a while, but…

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valleygirl23
Nov 27, 2011 9:26 pm
sienna81
sienna81
16 November 2011

Dark coloured roof

Dark coloured roof

a charcoal grey would be nice

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sienna81
Nov 16, 2011 1:54 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
9 November 2011

Devices for home energy saving

Devices for home energy saving

An excellent device for saving energy is a plastic bottle. Why? Because if fridges and freezers are fairly empty they have a low thermal mass and when you open the door…

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The Garden Whisperer
Nov 09, 2011 10:02 pm
The Garden Whisperer
Casa2
Casa2
8 November 2011

Building Material Help

Building Material Help

Why not use single leaf brick for the side walls? Having buildings on either side means that insulation is not an issue. You only have 6 metres front and back to insulate.…

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Casa2
Nov 08, 2011 9:14 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
8 November 2011

true value solar panels

true value solar panels

And the other thing was what do you mean your not sure what brand they use? If they won't answer your questions Most reputable companies…

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Uncle Arfur
Nov 08, 2011 6:14 pm

Paul that frog looks very similar to the ones we have in our backyard pond - a striped marsh frog or maybe a variation of it. They are pretty common around here and all…

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Stewie D
Nov 04, 2011 11:10 am
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
2 November 2011

Worth insulating ceiling manhole?

Worth insulating ceiling manhole?

Ta for that Dymonite and Magee. Dealing with other things now but am hoping to return to the efficiency improvements in due course.

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JazzyJess
Nov 01, 2011 11:15 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 October 2011

Praise for Davey Pumps

Praise for Davey Pumps

Good to see companies with excellent backup/repair/warranties/PR get a good plug. All too often on these and other forums we hear about clients whose products have gone…

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Stewie D
Oct 29, 2011 11:25 am
SunshineT
SunshineT
28 October 2011

Front door sustainable timber?

Front door sustainable timber?

Hi there - well to conclude the story especially if someone is reading this in the future - we found a solution!!! DH found a great guy, at North Coast Doors (in…

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SunshineT
Oct 28, 2011 2:27 pm
SunshineT
Steve
Steve
26 October 2011

Heat loss through window problems

Heat loss through window problems

Local hardwood timber frames on double glazed windows provide no thermal bridging issues and are a far more environmentally sensitive choice compared to the all other…

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Steve
Oct 26, 2011 1:51 pm
Steve
KnockItDown
KnockItDown
23 October 2011

First power bill (post solar install) ------ Wrong!!!!!!!

First power bill (post solar install) ------ Wrong!!!!!!!
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So for all your boasting about your output it seems you may not get anything out of it? What a bummer! I dont know what type of meter you…

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KnockItDown
Oct 23, 2011 12:37 pm
KnockItDown


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