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sbudge
sbudge
2 December 2009

Greywater plumbing

Greywater plumbing

Hi There Western Australia are already running dual lines for sewer on new houses to make them grey water ready. I suggest you talk to your builder about and plan on where…

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sbudge
Dec 02, 2009 10:35 pm
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sbudge
Dec 02, 2009 10:45 pm
billdsl
billdsl
3 December 2009

Winns Water Saver

Winns Water Saver

whats a device like the readyhot cost? and what other devices are around that do this job? I know Matt Walker has a device but $1,000 is just insane, if its going to cost…

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billdsl
Dec 03, 2009 9:44 am
billdsl
gully
gully
11 December 2009

Rainwater tanks for laundry etc

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…

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gully
Dec 11, 2009 12:41 pm
gully
gully
11 December 2009

Watertank plumbing & electrics question

Watertank plumbing & electrics question

450 for plumbing is a fair price. Outdoor powerpoint shouldnt cost more than 100…

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gully
Dec 11, 2009 1:57 pm
Redman
Redman
12 December 2009

LATRONICS power inverters, are they any good ?

LATRONICS power inverters, are they any good ?

I wish my house had a giant UPS. One day I will and you can buy energy from me.. :D

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Redman
Dec 12, 2009 1:40 am
Redman
Redman
Redman
12 December 2009

Total solar/wind power

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.…

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Redman
Dec 12, 2009 2:01 am
Redman
themax
themax
10 January 2010

V- seal the ultimate draught stop

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. :D Please let us know how it goes when you get it and some pretty…

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themax
Jan 10, 2010 12:21 pm
themax

Hey folks for Sydney siders there are some excellent free organic gardening courses available to you at the kimbriki recycling…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 17, 2010 12:17 am
TheGardenWhisperer
sbudge
sbudge
29 January 2010

Where do all these pipes go on my solar hot water system?

Where do all these pipes go on my solar hot water system?

Top prize to gully. Tempering valve ensuring hot water does not reach higher than 50 degrees as per Australian standard 3500. It is actually a Heat Guard Ultra from RMC or…

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sbudge
Jan 29, 2010 7:38 pm
sbudge
sbudge
2 February 2010

Selecting a Greywater system - Secret Harbour WA

Selecting a Greywater system - Secret Harbour WA

Hi Abbey If you installing a rainwater tank, make sure you capture the entire roof area, not just part of it. It does make a difference Regards Shane

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sbudge
Feb 02, 2010 7:31 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
8 February 2010

Bedroom windows, north or south facing

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. Some…

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dymonite69
Feb 08, 2010 4:57 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
21 February 2010

Aqua Nova vs greywater recycling

Aqua Nova vs greywater recycling
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If you mean valid in the sense that if there…

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dymonite69
Feb 21, 2010 8:21 pm
dymonite69
Redman
Redman
22 February 2010

Diy solar and installation!

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…

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Redman
Feb 22, 2010 2:30 am
Redman
Macy
Macy
3 March 2010

Solar HWS

Solar HWS

That's proving to be an interesting experience. Any thoughts on the weight? Surely someone…

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Macy
Mar 03, 2010 12:59 am
perksyaus
perksyaus
4 March 2010

Solar panel quote

Solar panel quote

We went with a 1.65 KW system with a SMA SB-2500 Inverter - worked out to be 15 panels Denise

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perksyaus
Mar 04, 2010 11:33 am
Redman
Redman
5 March 2010

Solar cell - less than a dollar a watt

Solar cell - less than a dollar a watt
1, 2

Who were the suppliers and how much was the shipping costs?

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Redman
Mar 05, 2010 1:31 am
Redman
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
6 March 2010

Saving seeds

Saving seeds

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…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 06, 2010 1:47 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
sbudge
sbudge
11 March 2010

Cost for grey water provision

Cost for grey water provision

Hi, 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…

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sbudge
Mar 11, 2010 8:54 pm
windowexpert
windowexpert
21 March 2010

Straw Bale homes

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. Standard houses…

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windowexpert
Mar 21, 2010 4:20 pm
fredinver
fredinver
11 April 2010

Solar hot water boost

Solar hot water boost
1, 2

My understanding is that tempered water only has to be used in sanitry fittings not all outlets such as kitchen sins. "AS 3500.4 With reference to Clause 1.10.2, Part B,…

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fredinver
Apr 11, 2010 9:58 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
11 April 2010

Thermal mass walls

Thermal mass walls
1, 2, 3

As per above - insulate it so it doesn't loose it heat to the air below it.

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Yak_Chat
Apr 11, 2010 9:07 pm
Yak_Chat
Gone Ducky
Gone Ducky
12 April 2010

All our main windows facing west. How to keep heat out?

All our main windows facing west. How to keep heat out?

If you do have blinds as well, you also don't have to keep the blinds closed all day so you will get some natural light! I have a window that faces east and it practically…

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Gone Ducky
Apr 12, 2010 1:01 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
16 April 2010

Skylights & Solartubes

Skylights & Solartubes

If there is no direct sunlight entering through it then there is not significant radiant heat gain.

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dymonite69
Apr 16, 2010 2:20 am
dymonite69
Redman
Redman
19 April 2010

Buying a small truck?

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…

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Redman
Apr 19, 2010 2:34 am
Redman
fredinver
fredinver
26 April 2010

Are solar heat exchange systems a good alternative?

Are solar heat exchange systems a good alternative?

I have been using a home made air hot box heater for some years. It uses the sun to heat the air from floor level and pumping it back into the house. Works well to take…

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fredinver
Apr 26, 2010 3:00 pm
estevens
estevens
26 April 2010

what goverment rebates are out there????

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,…

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estevens
Apr 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
15 May 2010

Help required with choosing a solar hot water system

Help required with choosing a solar hot water system

Hi fabricgirl, I'll be interested in any responses you get. We are having a Rinnai 5 star continuous 315 Solar (electric boosted)unit with 2 solar panes.

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Deemaree
May 15, 2010 8:24 pm
Deemaree
cherub
cherub
25 May 2010

recycled plastic or synthetic wood

recycled plastic or synthetic wood

Do a search for mod wood, they make a good product. Not cheap though.

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cherub
May 25, 2010 4:38 pm
Casa2
Casa2
26 May 2010

solar hot water tubes

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…

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Casa2
May 26, 2010 8:56 pm

Solar Panel Efficiency

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…

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installation inspector
May 26, 2010 11:18 pm
installation inspector
free will
free will
26 May 2010

Solar Panel Orientation

Solar Panel Orientation
1, 2

Hi, We are currently building a new house and have a skillion roof facing south(!). We've…

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free will
May 26, 2010 11:28 pm
kid81
kid81
27 May 2010

Solar Panel Recs value

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…

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kid81
May 27, 2010 9:43 am
Redman
Redman
28 May 2010

Domestic Fuel Cell

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.…

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Redman
May 29, 2010 12:44 am
Redman
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
30 May 2010

What does everyone think of this solar panel deal

What does everyone think of this solar panel deal

Can't say too much about the price because I am just looking into that myself but if you can afford a bigger system, go for it. How does your energy provider work? Will…

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Raleighfarm
May 30, 2010 6:45 pm
Raleighfarm
arkanah
arkanah
30 May 2010

Solar Shop - WA

Solar Shop - WA

if they are taking so long just for a quote, how long will the install wait be? http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-re ... ?t=1382890 some info on Perth solar…

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arkanah
May 30, 2010 10:08 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
31 May 2010

Help re: thermal mass wall and cross ventilation

Help re: thermal mass wall and cross ventilation

If the wall looses heat too quickly then you could always increase the thickness/mass by adding another skin. Stone perhaps :wink:

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onc_artisan
May 31, 2010 1:00 am
onc_artisan
Rod1949
Rod1949
2 June 2010

Perth People - Matera Solar deal last Sunday 31/5/10

Perth People - Matera Solar deal last Sunday 31/5/10

Just wondering if you went to and signed up for the solar panel deal that was being advertised and was only applicable for Sunday 31/5/10. I…

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Rod1949
Jun 02, 2010 5:10 pm
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Casa2
Jun 03, 2010 10:16 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
4 June 2010

R6.0 Ceiling Batts.....Worth the money?

R6.0 Ceiling Batts.....Worth the money?

That was for Melbourne. Here are the recommendations elsewhere: INSULATION LEVELS FOR YOUR…

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dymonite69
Jun 04, 2010 11:42 pm
dymonite69
westy
westy
5 June 2010

MySolar solar hotwater system

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…

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westy
Jun 05, 2010 12:24 pm
westy
*frosty*
*frosty*
16 June 2010

Going Green?? Quick Question On Costs?

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 :lol: You can get a 1.5kw system for $2990,…

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*frosty*
Jun 16, 2010 8:02 pm
*frosty*
dymonite69
dymonite69
29 June 2010

East facing lounge and passive solar issues

East facing lounge and passive solar issues

At summer solstice in Sydney, with a 4m deck and 2.7 m wall, full shading will not start until around 8 am.

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dymonite69
Jun 30, 2010 12:24 am
dymonite69
Cathpaws
Cathpaws
1 July 2010

low voc paints

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…

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Cathpaws
Jul 01, 2010 2:43 pm
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
2 July 2010

New Build - Energy efficiency upgrade on limited budget

New Build - Energy efficiency upgrade on limited budget
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Michelle, you are going to need all that insulation. Did you see it got down to -5 the other day?

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ElephantGuy
Jul 02, 2010 3:15 am
borg
borg
6 July 2010

watertank next to gas/electricity meter

watertank next to gas/electricity meter

as long as they are accessible to perform their purpose. Can you still view the meters.

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borg
Jul 06, 2010 1:29 pm
borg
Redman
Redman
9 July 2010

Wasting our food

Wasting our food
1, 2

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…

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Redman
Jul 09, 2010 7:48 am
Redman
Redman
Redman
17 July 2010

DyoCore Wind Solar Generator

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..

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Redman
Jul 17, 2010 3:57 pm
Redman


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