Solar – Go big!

Wondering what size solar photovoltaic system to install? The latest ATA modelling shows that bigger is better, even if you don’t use much electricity. Reproduced with permission from ATA’s Sanctuary magazine edition 40. Many people ask us what size grid-connected solar system they should get. Traditionally, the ATA (Positive Charge partner and publisher of Sanctuary … Read more

Gardening with stormwater

Stormwater is rain that runs off the ground or paved areas into stormwater drains that then divert it away from your property. It makes sense to slow this flow of stormwater and direct it to areas where it can soak into the soil and benefit the garden. Slowing the flow reduces stormwater pollution and keeps … Read more

Getting in front of the meter

Can we find value for both customers and the network in sharing locally generated energy and thus accelerate a transition to 100% renewables? MEFL alumni Bruce Thompson and Paul Murfitt discuss the potential in microgrids, virtual power plants and more. THE transformation of the electricity network is certainly now upon us. Years of environmental advocacy, … Read more

Smart meters

Smart Meters were rolled out to all residential dwellings in Victoria in 2014 and are now the standard meter type throughout the state. In NSW meters are currently being upgraded by energy retailers on a voluntary basis. We thought we’d have a look at some of the benefits that smart meters bring to help you … Read more

Help for businesses and organisations to get solar

Businesses and community organisations are putting solar on their roof and becoming energy efficient to help cut rising electricity costs and improve profitability, while doing their bit for the environment. Positive Charge has conducted a thorough procurement in order to select three reputable solar suppliers and installers that you can get a quote from for larger … 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 … Read more

Gas days 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 … 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 … 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

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 is coming!

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

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

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