Thinking about how you are going to heat your new Home and get Hot Water?
Heating costs do vary depending on state and depending on whether you live in the bush or city.
Historically the cost of heating a home has been, from cheapest to most expensive:
Solar. (check out Passive Solar) Wood , Collected. [read more…]
Traditionally gas has been cheaper than electricity but with the price of gas rising this could change.
Actually comparing value for money is quite complicated so I though I would explain how to do the various calculations.
Cubic Metres to Megajoules
Gas is measured at the meter in cubic metres but you pay by the [read more…]
Most builder’s standard heating system to homes where mains gas is available is Ducted Gas Central Heating.
This has the following advantages:
Low running costs. Relatively cheap to install. Feels warm fairly quickly. Leaves the walls free for furniture, if you have ceiling vents. If you upgrade the duct size refrigerated cooling can be [read more…]
Condensation, a minor inconvenience, or a major problem?
A little condensation on windows is easily dealt with, . . . . . . but heavy condensation in poorly ventilated corners can lead to mould damaging your walls, ceilings, or even your clothes.
Why does Condensation Occur
Condensation in a building occurs when warm air, [read more…]
If you are serious about wood fired heating you are going to have to think about storage.
How Long Do You Need To Store?
Firewood should be seasoned for at least 2 years and dry.
Unseasoned wood doesn’t burn as efficiently as seasoned wood. The difference is noticeable, and some of the problems are:
Everywhere I go these days I see Bio-Ethanol Fires….. so are they a good idea for your new home?
Well all the publicity says they are a renewable resource that produces a ‘living flame’. As Ethanol (we used to call it methylated spirits) burns cleanly with no toxic byproducts these heaters can [read more…]
Wood can be the Most Expensive………..or the Cheapest heating available for your new home.
It all depends on your level of commitment.
Buy firewood at the service station and burn it in an open fire and it could easily cost $20-$30 for a few hours in the evening.
Use a slow combustion [read more…]