Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

Solar Supercharge: Part 1, electric car display

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As part of the Solar Supercharge conference in Brisbane on Feb 13th-15th, there was an electric car display.  I met some more electric car drivers, including Les (Lesmando from the OzLeaf list), and Mark Talloen, who has written about driving his … Continue reading

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A thoughtfully designed eco-house at Noosaville

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What features make a house an eco-house?  Joe and Karen opened their three-year-old home at Noosaville as part of Sustainable House Day, and it was visited by 550 people, alongside the electric car display that we took part in.  As well as … Continue reading

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Electric Cars at Sustainable House Day, Noosaville, Sept 13th

Each year, this event lets people open up their houses to show how they have built or modified their homes to make them more environmentally friendly.  It is a great way to share good ideas.  People take a wide range … Continue reading

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EnergyCut – John Dee

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see John Dee speak at the CleanTech Connect event on the Sunshine Coast.  He has achieved several very practical environmental improvements in Australia.  For example, he initiated the three-year phasing out of energy-hogging incandescent … Continue reading

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Can strata-title apartment buildings go green?

While lots of homes and commercial premises around the Sunshine Coast and Australia are going solar and becoming more energy and water efficient, strata title apartment buildings can be forgotten. Yet apartment buildings are notorious energy guzzlers. On average, residents … Continue reading

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Brisbane hotel cuts hot water costs by 70% with solar

While recently researching solar hot water, I came across this story about The Glen Hotel in Brisbane, which this year built a new 44-room accommodation wing.   They decided to take their energy usage and ongoing running costs seriously. This resulted in … Continue reading

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Holiday accommodation: more sustainable = more affordable to run

Vacation Village in Port Macquarie, near Coffs Harbour, is a holiday resort that I’ve visited several times over the last twenty years.  On my last trip there in April, I was impressed by the moves they’ve made to reduce power … Continue reading

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Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change

Written by Australian renewable energy expert Mark Diesendorf, this new book tells you everything you might want to know about renewable energy.  It gets down to some technical nitty-gritty in some chapters, but also makes an excellent case for the … Continue reading

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