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 […]

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 […]

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. […]