What Are Inverters?
Basically an inverter is a device which converts the electricity from your solar panels to a form that can be used by normal domestic appliances, and lights.
The electricity generated by the solar panels is Direct Current (DC) but the typical home runs on Alternating Current (AC)*.
*It is possible to run [read more…]
Ever wondered how much actual benefit you get from the sun shining in?
How The Sun’s Energy Warms Your Home.
Basically when the suns energy (which includes both visible and invisible energy such as Infra Red and Ultra Violet [UV] radiation) hits your window three things happen to the energy:
Reflection – Plain glass [read more…]
Most garages are too hot in Summer and too cold in Winter.
If you want to use the garage as a workshop . . or even a man cave, it will be much more comfortable if its insulated.
Maintaining a comfortable temperature in the garage also means it makes a better Buffer Zone for the [read more…]
For all you water collecting enthusiasts can you beat this home?
Two sides of the house are lined with plastic rainwater tanks!
Not surprisingly its called the ‘Tank House’ and is located in Port Melbourne.
Although there are a considerable number of tanks that are plumbed for water storage there are some ‘dummy [read more…]
Have you ever wondered why it gets so HOT in the roof space on a sunny day?
Well there is a lot of Energy coming from the Sun . . . .approximately 1.37 kw /m2 shines on the Earth
By the time the solar energy gets through the atmosphere to the ground it’s about 1kw/m2 [read more…]
Lots of people say you can’t get a sustainable house from a standard builder . . . . but I disagree!
As an example I have started with this standard floor plan from the ‘MYPAD’ design of HomeStart, Perth first home buyer grant specialist.
Here is how I would look to get most sustainable performance [read more…]