April 6, 2018: 4th Earth Day Party – April 22

Friends helping us celebrate Earth Day 2016 at the Greeny Flat

Sunday April 22nd marks the end of our fourth year of energy-positive-living in the Greeny Flat. It also happens to be the 48th annual, international celebration of Earth Day which, this year, is focused on ending plastic pollution.

So, in what has quickly […]

March 30, 2018: It’s a Great Time For Solar

Earlier this week I was asked to write a brief (300 word) article about solar for today’s local paper. If you’re interested you can access the article here… But I can save you the trouble…. because this is what I wrote.

When I look around the Southern Highlands I see a lot of buildings that […]

March 23, 2018: Beware of Tradies In Your Attic

I need to get something off my chest… it’s been bothering me for YEARS and I’ve finally had enough. I’m talking about tradesmen who go up into an attic, move the insulation out of the way to get to what they need to work on, do their work and then leave.

Can you spot […]

March 16, 2018: More Sustainable Subdivisions

A while ago I was asked by a friend who had just bought a block of land in the prestigious ‘Retford Park’ subdivision in Bowral, to help him design an energy efficient home to build on the property. I was dismayed and disgusted to discover that the ‘Design Guidelines’ for this subdivision actually made it […]

March 2, 2018: More Solar For Landlords and Renters

No More Tile Roof

Putting the finishing touches on the new roof for the cottage next to the Greeny Flat (click here to see how it looked with the tiles)

This week we completed the job of replacing the tile roof on the cottage next to the Greeny Flat with a light-coloured Colorbond roof. […]

Feb 23, 2018: The Reroofing Begins

Putting Mum’s Money Where My Mouth Is

Yesterday we began the job of replacing the tile roof on the old cottage next to the Greeny Flat

For the last month I’ve been banging on about how inappropriate tile roofs are for Australia’s climate. So we’ve bitten the bullet and begun the process of replacing […]

Feb 16, 2018: Record Year for Rooftop Solar

Rooftop solar goes gangbusters in 2017. (Source: Domain)

It’s official, 2017 was a record-breaking year for rooftop solar installations in Australia in spite of our government’s desire to slow renewable energy development and prop up fossil fuel industries as long as possible. It’s no surprise really, given the fact that electricity prices across the […]

Feb 9, 2018: Cooking With Compost

In last week’s Newsletter I wrote about some developments in Waste-to-Energy Systems around the world. One of the systems I mentioned is called Home Biogas and, as the name suggests, it is a domestic system that takes organic waste like food scraps and even human waste, and turns it into odourless methane gas which is […]

Feb 2, 2018: Waste-to-Energy Systems

The Last Word on Tile Roofs

This week I was sent some interesting articles about both industrial and domestic-scale waste-to-energy systems. These outline some very promising developments in the technology needed to convert wastes into usable forms of energy. I’ll get to those in a minute. Firstly I’d like to round out the discussion we’ve […]

Jan 16, 2018: Should I Replace My Tile Roof

In our last two Newsletters I’ve talked about why brick veneer houses with tile roofs are such a bad choice for Australia’s climate. To reinforce that point, here’s quote from Harry Seidler (‘famous’ Australian architect) which was written in 1954 and sent to me yesterday by one of our readers.

‘…topping it all there is […]