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achk
achk
4 May 2009

RECs - does anyone understand them?

RECs - does anyone understand them?

all, need some little bit of your guidance... i am building through simonds and they are offering solar panels for free via solarbank. i wud need to surrender the RECs…

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achk
May 04, 2009 9:36 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
15 May 2009

Passive Design for Dummies

Passive Design for Dummies

I want to build a passive design house. I know which way to orient the house and the use of eaves, double glazing etc. I also know I need to…

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dymonite69
May 15, 2009 7:49 pm
dymonite69
Nightshade
Nightshade
17 May 2009

Double glazing

Double glazing
1, 2

Yak_chat ... was looking at least a 4KW system + we will have solar hot water which is more than enough in my current house..hoping will be enough in the new one. Bris…

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Nightshade
May 17, 2009 4:51 pm
Knuckle
Knuckle
20 May 2009

QLD Solar Hot Water rebate

QLD Solar Hot Water rebate

Does anyone have the inside scoop with regard to the QLD rebate? I have expressed my interest via the 1800 line but now my electric HWS is facing a slow death. We can't…

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Knuckle
May 20, 2009 5:17 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
27 May 2009

Insulating your Home with Double Glazing

Insulating your Home with Double Glazing
1, 2

Devils advocate.... You need curtains anyway so why spend the money to upgrade to double glazing when curtains / drapes would help minimise…

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dymonite69
May 27, 2009 5:25 pm
dymonite69
Howie
Howie
9 June 2009

Getting Solar power

Getting Solar power
1, 2, 3

Started a thread for those wanting to get in before the current rebate ends today. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=19201

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Howie
Jun 09, 2009 3:27 pm
Howie
Howie
Howie
16 June 2009

Please recommend me a solar power company

Please recommend me a solar power company
1, 2

oh crud.. thought I was getting a better system going with a company like BP ::sad::

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Howie
Jun 16, 2009 10:59 am
Howie
nww1969
nww1969
25 June 2009

Quantum Heat pumps Newcastle area.

Quantum Heat pumps Newcastle area.

Do we have any Newcastle members who have installed a heat pump from Nova eco developments. The advertisement claims after rebates cost is $22.00 plus install. Will give…

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nww1969
Jun 25, 2009 10:38 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
26 June 2009

(SA) Aerobic Septic System: Biolytix vs Biocycle vs Ri-Treat

(SA) Aerobic Septic System: Biolytix vs Biocycle vs Ri-Treat

We got a Biolytix based on its elegant design and having won the New Inventors Award. I am sure all the systems work well and all have the advantage of re-using…

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dymonite69
Jun 26, 2009 2:34 am
dymonite69
Macy
Macy
8 July 2009

Recycling polystyrene

Recycling polystyrene

Does anyone know why recycling veggie boxes is free but there may be a fee for other polystyrene?

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Macy
Jul 08, 2009 6:59 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
10 July 2009

Clerestory windows and sun angle

Clerestory windows and sun angle

I'd be inclined to extend the eaves out over the windows and that will give you the shade you require and the airflow that you want to encourage. Another option is…

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Yak_Chat
Jul 10, 2009 7:51 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
13 July 2009

Solar Hot Water System rebate question

Solar Hot Water System rebate question

Well at least you can get the RECS back. http://www.orer.gov.au/swh/index.html

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Yak_Chat
Jul 13, 2009 10:38 pm
Yak_Chat
Possumchops
Possumchops
18 July 2009

Rebates and building a new home

Rebates and building a new home

Depending onyour supplier and whether or not they claim the recs and deduct it from the total of your HWS, but if you use either a solar or heat pump you can claim the…

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Possumchops
Jul 18, 2009 7:45 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
28 July 2009

Buying green

Buying green

There are literally hundreds of 'green' products being marketed in this era of environmental awareness. There are genuine retailers, ignorant ones and unscrupulous ones. …

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dymonite69
Jul 28, 2009 12:54 pm
dymonite69
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
29 July 2009

ECO AND COST EFFECTIVENESS?

ECO AND COST EFFECTIVENESS?

Easy. Have a free assessment done - http://www.environment.gov.au/greenloans/assessments/index.html And an energy assessor such as myself…

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Yak_Chat
Jul 29, 2009 9:10 pm
Yak_Chat
dymonite69
dymonite69
2 August 2009

Design for efficiency - position, position, position

Design for efficiency - position, position, position

Introduction - Heating and cooling comprise the single biggest component of household energy consumption - Therefore, reducing artificial means to maintain a house in a…

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dymonite69
Aug 02, 2009 11:57 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
3 August 2009

What do R values and U values measure?

What do R values and U values measure?

- Measuring the insulating properties of building materials borrows from a scientific technique used to determine the physical properties of a substance. - The technique…

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dymonite69
Aug 03, 2009 1:56 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
9 August 2009

Heat pump Solar or Gas?

Heat pump Solar or Gas?

Confusing isnt it! Thanks for guys - and for that link Dymonite. Will keep me reading for awhile I think. I'm not sure if any of the Gold Coast has…

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dymonite69
Aug 09, 2009 3:18 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
10 August 2009

Heat Pump Hot Water System - Noisy?

Heat Pump Hot Water System - Noisy?

If you heat 300L of hot water a day it would normally cost about $420 with electricity Do you have your heart set on evacuate tube over flat plate? I modeled the…

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dymonite69
Aug 10, 2009 12:07 am
dymonite69
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
13 August 2009

When will it pay for itself - insulation and double glazing

When will it pay for itself - insulation and double glazing
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Pipe - well actually no it wasn't because the grey water only entered the septic system at 1 point so was easy to divert back a bit and terminate the entry point so no…

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onc_artisan
Aug 13, 2009 11:52 am
onc_artisan
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Piper+1
Aug 17, 2009 3:15 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
20 August 2009

LED lighting

LED lighting
1, 2

On this last itme, most of your lights will never have to be repalced - they'll tear the building down to build a new one before you replace the…

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dymonite69
Aug 20, 2009 1:46 pm
dymonite69
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
22 August 2009

Chook shed

Chook shed

Tanks :lol: and tanks :lol: again :lol: Yep there are a few of them :: Soon to be a LOT more :lol: onc_artisan

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onc_artisan
Aug 22, 2009 11:04 pm
onc_artisan
dymonite69
dymonite69
24 August 2009

Sustainable food production

Sustainable food production

Agree lots of infrastructure involved. But how…

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dymonite69
Aug 24, 2009 12:42 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
25 August 2009

New Program on ABC1

New Program on ABC1
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It would take a…

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dymonite69
Aug 25, 2009 5:53 pm
dymonite69
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
27 August 2009

The 2009 Kambang lecture series

The 2009 Kambang lecture series

This is fantastic resource for eco info. The city of Melville In Perth is hosting these free lectures. Part of the Piney Lakes Enviro education centre, this is an…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 27, 2009 12:04 am
The Garden Whisperer
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 September 2009

North facing? South facing?? What's best??

North facing? South facing?? What's best??

I have no eaves :shock: on my current house on the northern or southern walls and I'm actually liking the ability of being able to control the sun as…

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dymonite69
Sep 12, 2009 8:48 pm
dymonite69
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
13 September 2009

Passive solar design - blend traditional & contemporary?

Passive solar design - blend traditional & contemporary?

Hi Indi, You definately need to use a specialist designer as the principles are very fine and if not properly understood the results can be very ineffective or…

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Yak_Chat
Sep 13, 2009 7:13 pm
Yak_Chat
Macy
Macy
15 September 2009

Is 1m wide tiing beneath window any good?

Is 1m wide tiing beneath window any good?

I've seen it done but can't offer any advice on how useful it is. I guess you've taken furniture placement into account?

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Macy
Sep 15, 2009 10:47 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
15 September 2009

Shredder for food scraps?

Shredder for food scraps?

One of these will do exactly what you need in no time and very easy to…

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Yak_Chat
Sep 15, 2009 10:41 pm
Yak_Chat
dymonite69
dymonite69
19 September 2009

Solar House Day - 13th September 09

Solar House Day - 13th September 09

The amount of information presented can be a little overwhelming as well. From solar panels to 6 star WELS taps. As you say people tend to take everything in as a…

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dymonite69
Sep 19, 2009 1:33 pm
dymonite69
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
20 September 2009

Wood heaters - running costs and greenhouse emissions

Wood heaters - running costs and greenhouse emissions

I guess it put the fire out :lol: :lol: :lol: Yeh cheers Yak_Chat... I did get it but it is sunday :wink: My brain went a while ago :lol:

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onc_artisan
Sep 20, 2009 8:10 pm
onc_artisan
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
23 September 2009

Busting eco-myths or misunderstandings

Busting eco-myths or misunderstandings
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One way is to put the circulating pump onto a manual on off switch - turn it on when you get up =- have your showers 5 minutes later, turn it off Same at night. best of…

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Yak_Chat
Sep 23, 2009 7:02 pm
Yak_Chat
dymonite69
dymonite69
30 September 2009

Colour of Eaves

Colour of Eaves

A good question that probably doesn't have an accurate answer. There are probably other things to consider that would make a big difference. I presume you are referring…

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dymonite69
Sep 30, 2009 5:11 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
2 October 2009

Cross ventilation questions

Cross ventilation questions

The aim of cross ventilation is to allow cooling breezes to be directed through your house. The direction from which this comes depends on your locations. Here is the…

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dymonite69
Oct 02, 2009 7:59 pm
dymonite69
kb46
kb46
14 October 2009

Are some skylights better than others?

Are some skylights better than others?

DH & I have decided we will need a skylight in our toilet in our new house. Our local planning laws require the room to be mechanically externally vented (which we would…

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kb46
Oct 14, 2009 9:21 am
kexkez
kexkez
20 October 2009

Is reflective foil wrap worth it for walls?

Is reflective foil wrap worth it for walls?

We built a double brick house and have reflective wrap between the 2 layers. We also have thick batts in the ceiling. It was a council requirement here due to new zoning…

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kexkez
Oct 20, 2009 7:18 pm
kexkez
Thudd
Thudd
23 October 2009

Solar heating for house water and swimming ppol

Solar heating for house water and swimming ppol

They will always be separate in some way, simply because you don't want to be washing in your swimming pool water! But there are some systems available like the Latento…

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Thudd
Oct 23, 2009 8:44 pm
kb46
kb46
28 October 2009

Security Screens: Do they block breeze?

Security Screens: Do they block breeze?

I think I would be asking for my money back if they did that! LOL :lol:

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kb46
Oct 28, 2009 9:27 pm
leaf
leaf
28 October 2009

Worm farm or composter??

Worm farm or composter??
1, 2

I bought an Aerobin. Only had it a month so hasn't produced…

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leaf
Oct 28, 2009 10:30 pm
leaf
ecosmart
ecosmart
16 November 2009

Solar Questions- TOTAL NEWBIE

Solar Questions- TOTAL NEWBIE

Hi Burrow Bunnie, not sure if I am too late to chime in or not. Solar does make sense right now, read my comment in the $1/watt thread about paybacks (7-12 yrs)…

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ecosmart
Nov 16, 2009 4:18 am
rep334
rep334
16 November 2009

LED Lighting suppliers in Victoria ?

LED Lighting suppliers in Victoria ?

Hi , there a re a lot of people who are not well informed about many things and they make comments where perhaps there is no reason. I have just put ledlighting through my…

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rep334
Nov 16, 2009 3:31 pm
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 9:35 pm
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sbudge
Dec 02, 2009 9:45 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 8:44 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 11:41 am


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