Solar – Why wait?

Despite the shorter days and all the talk about battery storage it is still worth getting solar sooner than later! Although the days are shorter in winter, there is still plenty of UV light, which is actually what the panels use to generate the electricity. In fact, on really hot days in summer the panels … Read more

Winter Windows

Not just window dressing High-performance curtains, blinds and shutters Internal window coverings can protect privacy and dramatically improve the thermal function of a house, and if you choose with care, they can help keep you comfortable for years, writes Anna Cumming for ATA’s Sanctuary magazine. Windows are a complex and interesting part of the building fabric … Read more

Winter ready!

Hugging is a a good way to keep warm in winter! Here are some other great tips on ways to beat the cold without increasing your bills or your carbon footprint: Dress for the weather – even when you’re inside you can wear a warm jumper and slippers to keep the heating costs down. Heat moderately … Read more

Phasing out fossil fuels Are we winning?

Professor Peter Newman contends that our cities are driving a change which is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from both coal and oil. Reproduced with permission from ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 139. IN 2016 the International Energy Agency announced that the world had changed. For the first time in hundreds of years the world was producing … Read more

Appliances

Beyond the brand Reproduced with permission after originally appearing in ATA‘s Sanctuary magazine edition 38. WORDS Lance Turner Are you in the market for a new cooktop, fridge or smaller household appliance? With so much rubbish around, it’s worth doing your homework to get value for money. Appliance selection can seem simple, but in fact can … Read more

Community groups go solar

Our friends at Powershop have launched a fantastic initiative to help community organisations fund solar installations. For those of you not familiar with how Powershop works, customers can purchase powerpacks to cover the costs of the energy (kWh) they’ve used during their billing period and the daily supply charge. Powershop has created a new powerpack to … Read more

Optimise Your Solar

There are now over 1.6 million solar power systems sitting atop Australian roofs, but do you know if yours is working properly? ATA founder and solar PV pioneer Mick Harris helps you find out. Solar panels need very little maintenance THIS IS great, but can mean they are taken for granted and problems can go unnoticed even … Read more

Windows

Watch wasteful windows Windows are a source of heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter. The most effective solution? Install a ‘buffer’ against heat transfer; below are some of our favourites. Install thick curtains or blinds. Thick curtains and blinds act to trap a layer of insulating air between the window and the … Read more

Just Add Batteries!

Just add batteries Considerations for hybrid systems THERE are multiple ways that batteries can be added to an existing or new solar PV system. These different configurations will influence the system’s capabilities so it’s important to carefully consider the approach you take. This article covers the most common approaches currently available in Australia, but note … Read more

Australian Architects at Home

Australian architects at home ReNew reader Sharon McGann recently interviewed four sustainability-focused architects and building designers in NSW to discover their views on the history and future of sustainable home architecture in Australia. Caroline Pidcock Pidcock: Architecture + Sustainability What are some highlights of where we’ve come from and where we’re going with sustainable home … Read more

Hot in the city

Urban Heat Island Effect You may have noticed that – like the Billy Idol song – it’s getting hot in the city. Just in case I am showing my age and this means nothing to you here it is! This increase in temperature is due to what is known as the Urband Heat Island Effect … Read more