August 18, 2017: State of The States

Hello again from warm and sunny Missoula, Montana. Having spent the last couple of weeks catching up with old friends, making plans, gathering materials, choosing colours and doing prep work for the renovations to my son’s house we’ve actually started to make some progress. We’ve torn out the horrible old carpet in the dining area […]

August 11, 2017: Cool Stuff

This will be a very quick Newsletter for this week. Cintia and I are currently sitting in one of the many micro-breweries in this part of the world, drinking a Rye Ale and using their free wifi. This particular establishment is in Helena, Montana and is called the Ten Mile Creek Brewery but it’s just […]

August 4, 2017: Going to Montana

Actually, we’re already in Montana. Cintia and I have come over for a while to help my son, Sam, renovate his house.

This will be a very quick Newsletter this week because there’s free music in the park by the river this evening. Missoula’s a great town for good music and free community events so […]

July 28, 2017: Episode 13 – West Side Shade Awning and Deck

It’s been a while since we made our last video about the ongoing Energy Retrofit of the old fibro cottage next to the Greeny Flat. I’ve had quite a few readers send messages saying they miss seeing the progress of the project. But don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten, I just wanted to get to a […]

July 21, 2017: Now That’s True Sustainability!

We hear the words ‘Sustainable’ and ‘Sustainability’ bandied about by politicians and businessmen so often they have come to mean little more than ‘Profitable’. Even in the worlds of Green Building, Environmental Activism and Energy Efficiency, ‘Sustainable’ has been used to describe many, many things that are blatantly and clearly NOT sustainable. And I’ll be […]

July 14, 2017: How To Choose The Best Electricity Retailer

Am I getting the best deal for electricity?… Who knows?

If you’re like me you find it difficult and frustrating to compare one electricity retailer with another. Some offer a discount if you pay on time, some if you use a certain amount of electricity. Some have one price for the first so many […]

July 7, 2017: A Year of PHEVing It.

Electric Vehicle Running Costs

As many of our readers will know only too well, June 30th is the end of the financial year here in Australia which means… it’s TAX TIME! Yay! Being self-employed means that part of my tax fun is figuring out what my vehicle expenses have been for the past year and […]

June 30, 2017: Case Study – Holiday House Energy Upgrade

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to perform an energy audit on a holiday house in one of the many gorgeous villages on the south coast of NSW. The house in question is owned by a family from Canberra. The children are all adults now and the ten-year goal of the owners is […]

June 23, 2017: In The News This Week

I’d like to draw your attention to two articles that appeared in the press this week.

Southern Highlands Solar Challenge

Some of the Challenge Team working at the Welby Garden Centre

The first is specific to our local community, the Southern Highlands of NSW, but readers anywhere are invited to help if you can. […]

June 16, 2017: Grow Your Bricks and Monitor Your Energy

I have written before about the global need to find alternatives to concrete. In this Newsletter from April 2015 I wrote about a wonderful bank building I was involved with in Missoula, Montana that didn’t use any Portland Cement or standard concrete in its construction. Instead we used a 100% recycled mixture of fly-ash (a […]