Dec 1, 2017: The Coming Disruption

When you have an hour to spare I strongly encourage you to watch the following video presented by Stanford University Futurist, Tony Seba, about the impending disruption of the transport and energy sectors. Here are just some of the information it presents:

Electric Vehicles (EV’s) have 100X fewer parts than Infernal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEV’s) […]

Nov 24, 2017: Suncrowd Review – 0 Stars

Please allow me to begin this week’s Newsletter with an apology for my part in helping to organise the Suncrowd events that were held in our region a year ago and for helping to persuade people that this Community Solar Bulk Buy program was a good idea. It certainly seemed like one at the time […]

Nov 17, 2017: Tesla Tiny House Here Next Week

I’ve been all over South-eastern NSW in the last couple of weeks performing Energy Audits and Assessments on homes and small businesses from Jindabyne to Maitland. Out of the twenty or so buildings I’ve investigated more than half were built in the early 80’s and have little or no insulation. Very few were correctly oriented […]

Nov 2, 2017: Montana Off-grid Eco Tiny House

I’m happy to report that I’m now back home at the Greeny Flat with my beloved Cintia. I had a great trip and a wonderful time with my son, Sam. We managed to make a lot of improvements to his house including adding about a foot of insulation to his attic on the day before […]

Oct 27, 2017: Glorious Rain and Good Results

Our rain gauge this morning after a long dry spell.

I’m still pretty jet-lagged after arriving back in Sydney the day before yesterday but I’m very happy to report that I seem to have brought some rain with me. It’s been a long dry spell here (and in Montana too) with our weather station […]

Oct 13, 2017: The Snow Shows Where the Heat Goes

A fresh dusting of snow shows where heat is escaping through the roof of this house in Missoula.

Greetings (for the last time on this trip) from Missoula, Montana where we woke up to find a fresh dusting of snow on the ground this morning. This will be just the first of many snow […]

Sept 29, 2017: Home Solar and Double-dipping on Carbon Emissions

I’ll be in Montana for another month and we’re making some good progress on Sam’s house. This week we’ve started painting the outside with some warm colours that should help make it feel cozy through a long Montana winter.

This is how Sam’s house looked yesterday

In a couple of weeks we’ll be heading […]

Sept 22, 2017: Time to Load Up On Solar

Hello again, and Happy Spring Equinox . This is going to be a VERY quick Newsletter this week. I’m back in Missoula and hard at work on the renovations to Sam’s house so time is short. We had a wonderful drive back from the ranch in Eastern Montana after some cooler weather and much-welcome rain. […]

Sept 15, 2017: Sustainable House Day This Sunday.

For the fourth year in a row, the Greeny Flat will be open once again for Sustainable House Day on Sunday, September 17th from 10am to 4pm. Since I’m still in Montana, I won’t be able to help but three of my wonderful family have volunteered to be there to show people around and […]

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 […]