Oct 18, 2019: Solar Monitoring and Upcoming Events

In our Newsletter on August 30 I wrote that our new solar system had been installed but that we weren’t able to turn it on yet. Well, we’ve had it turned on and operating for about three weeks now and it’s performing brilliantly. I’m very happy with the monitoring system provided by Enphase except for […]

Oct 11, 2019: Queen St Renovations

We’re now in the thick of the interior renovations to the Queen St house (the original house in front of the Greeny Flat). We started by knocking down the old brick chimney in the kitchen. Luckily there’s a quarry nearby which takes old masonry and concrete, crushes them and recycles them into new road base […]

Sept 6, 2019: Sustainable House Day 2019 next weekend.

Click on the image above to visit the SHD website.

Just a quick note this week to remind all our readers that Sustainable House Day is here again. This year it’s on Sunday, September 15th. As usual the Greeny Flat will be open from 10am to 4pm. Naturally all our readers are most welcome […]

Aug 30, 2019: Solar Installed

In last week’s Newsletter I mentioned that we had ordered the solar power system for the house next to the Greeny Flat. I was expecting it to take a month or so to get it installed. So I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from the installers (Space Solar based in Sydney) yesterday to […]

Aug 23rd, 2019: Solar System Ordered and Other Notable Stuff

As mentioned in last week’s Newsletter, we’ve now moved into the main house next to the Greeny Flat in order to complete the interior renovations. Long-time readers will know that we’ve been working on all the exterior energy retrofit work for nearly three years now in between other projects. Here’s a link to a series […]

Aug 16, 2019: Two Projects Finished and Sustainable House Day Coming Up.

It’s been an intensely busy few weeks for us both here at the Greeny Flat and up in Queensland. A week ago today we put the finishing touches on the house we’ve been building on Russell Island. Then we jumped in the PHEV and headed south again to finish some upgrades to the interior of the […]

July 5, 2019: Back To Russell Island

Anyone who’s been following our Newsletter for more than six months will know that Cintia and I have been building a house on Russell Island in Queensland. It was the price of land and the proximity to Brisbane that led us here in the first place and we’ve found it to be a peaceful and […]

June 21, 2019: What’s Your 2040?

Happy Winter Solstice Australia! (or for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere – Happy Summer Solstice!)

If you’re thinking of building a house, renovating or adding to the one you have (or putting solar panels on your roof) this weekend is a great opportunity to check how much sun you will get at the worst […]

April 12, 2019: The Economics of Granny Flats

People have various reasons for wanting to build a granny flat. Some families need to care for an aging relative. Others need a separate and private space for a teenager or young adult. Still others might be planning for a time after their kids have flown the nest and thinking about down-sizing. Today I’d like […]

Feb 20, 2019: Russell Island Home Tour

Hello again. This will be a very brief Newsletter this week just to let you know that we have posted a little video home tour of our Russell Island project on YouTube at the following link.

We had our final inspection last week and, as far as we know, it’s all passed and good […]