Rainwater tanks for laundry etc
I did this 6 months ago with a 10,000L tank. If you can, go for at least a 5,000L tank. You can get 2 rebates (state - VIC and federal) of $1000 and $500 respectively if…
Dec 11, 2009 11:41 am
Dec 11, 2009 12:57 pm
Total solar/wind power
If you get allot of wind start a company - get a loan from a bank (for the company - someone else's money- you entrepreneur you) and put in an order for a 36mw tower.…
V- seal the ultimate draught stop
I couldn't actually see a pic of it on the w/site. Is it a plastic strip in a "V" shape? Very cleVer. Please let us know how it goes when you get it and some pretty…
Hey folks for Sydney siders there are some excellent free organic gardening courses available to you at the kimbriki recycling…
Bedroom windows, north or south facing
No easy AND effective answers. A simple solution is to use 'heat-shifter' kits which duct air from the warm side to the cold side of the house via an in-line fan.
Diy solar and installation!
The information is a booklet based on the resources found on the Internet, e.g Wikipedia and "DIY fan" sites.
There in not much to the actual panels apart from labor time…
That's proving to be an interesting experience.
Any thoughts on the weight? Surely someone…
Mar 02, 2010 11:59 pm
Solar panel quote
We went with a 1.65 KW system with a SMA SB-2500 Inverter - worked out to be 15 panels
Being Eco living this forum is also an excellent place to put our environmental threads as well
Here is an interesting interview found on the ABC website as a…
Cost for grey water provision
That seems very high. I whole drain for a new house would be just above that on its own, so running an additional pipework then rejoining into the main seems way over…
Straw Bale homes
There are quite a number of strawbale homes over here in NZ.
The substantial walls makes it feel like a real house and the temperature is quite constant.
Solar hot water boost
My understanding is that tempered water only has to be used in sanitry fittings not all outlets such as kitchen sins.
With reference to Clause 1.10.2, Part B,…
Thermal mass walls
As per above - insulate it so it doesn't loose it heat to the air below it.
Skylights & Solartubes
If there is no direct sunlight entering through it then there is not significant radiant heat gain.
Buying a small truck?
Well plasma cutters use high pressure air combined with electrical charge. Works a damn side better and safer than Oxy kits and its infinite. Acetylene gas is generated…
what goverment rebates are out there????
I am afraid you will find that the majority of rebates for energy and water efficiency whetehr they are provided by State or Federal Governments are for existing homes,…
solar hot water tubes
my evacutated tube solar water heater seems to work excellent.
the only problem i see,
is hail, as mentionedas for efficency, i would like to…
May 26, 2010 7:56 pm
Solar Panel Efficiency
I signed-up for a free copy of Photon magazine. The issue that arrived this week lists spec's of 3000 panels!!! Obviously they're not all available in Oz (I think it's a…
Solar Panel Recs value
The number of RECs you get in each state per product differs. If you buy the same product in QLD and in VIC, you would get a different amount of RECs but the value is…
May 27, 2010 8:43 am
Domestic Fuel Cell
IIRC the heat is 30% of output assuming you are using the full 2000 watts.
Most of the time you will be using less than 1000 watts so you get around 300 watts of heating.…
Jun 03, 2010 9:16 am
MySolar solar hotwater system
Did you end up choosing the MySolar system? I've found that they actually use Chromagen gear: http://www.chromagen.com.au. Chromagen have been…
Jun 05, 2010 11:24 am
Going Green?? Quick Question On Costs?
We'll be putting at least a 1.5kw system on the roof when our house is built. But I work in the solar industry, so maybe I'm bias
You can get a 1.5kw system for $2990,…
low voc paints
Thanks everyone, that provides me with quite a few options to explore
I had feedback that some of the low voc paints can be chalky and not very hard wearing so its good…
Jul 06, 2010 12:29 pm
Wasting our food
I know it sounds crazy but if you can try and create a zone or space where plants exist within the system and these plants grow down into a rock zone. If you can do that…
DyoCore Wind Solar Generator
Looks interesting but I doubt the solar side would do much of anything. You would get better turbines elsewhere as a guess..
How much water do you use?
The number of bathrooms in the house shouldnt matter - I mean, if everyone has their own ensuite or whole family share one bathroom they are still haveing, say, one shower…
Jul 20, 2010 8:35 pm
Its fairly easy to install and maintain. THe hardest part is getting dumbass council to approve the design given its not standard materials, tile,…
Water Tank Question
Every job is different but you have to consider the project in smaller parts.
Part 1 Connect the roof to the tank.
Part 2 Connect the tank overflow to the stormwater…