Program Update

Our Energy Future is continuing to grow in New South Wales. We now have ten councils signed up to the service, with Waverley Council and Woollahra joining the team in July. For details of participating councils visit our council page here. Services being offered through the councils include: Running energy related workshops, events or information … Read more

Reviving the art of repair

This article was written by Michelle Fisher and is reproduced with permission from the ATA. It featured in the ATA‘s Sanctuary magazine, issue 39. It’s often cheaper and easier to throw products out than fix them, a reality Michelle Fisher and the Repair Café movement is trying to turn around, one broken mobile phone, record player or pair … Read more

Three steps to all-electric

Planning ahead Thinking about going all-electric, but unsure what’s involved? Here we present an overview of the steps to going all-electric and where to find more information. Reproduced from ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 140 with permission from the ATA. Please note all past editions of ReNew magazine (some are referenced in this article) are available one line here. … Read more

Our Energy Future launches

SYDNEY COUNCILS LAUNCH Free Energy Help and Advice Program. Residents across eight participating council regions in Sydney are set to receive free energy help and advice from the experts at Our Energy Future. On 21st June 2017, Our Energy Future (OEF) was officially launched at Projects 107, one of the first beneficiaries of the program. … Read more

Gas days are over

Money-saving results in Melbourne This family of four saved around $250 last winter by heating their home with a reverse-cycle unit instead of their older gas ducted system. An extract from an article by Stephen Zuluaga, in ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 140 reproduced with permission from the ATA. IN 2012, our family moved to a three bedroom brick veneer … Read more

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