Rising power bills are meant to be a fact of life, but people across Australia are actually reducing their bills with clever home design, solar power and lots of simple methods to improve energy efficiency.
The latest issue of ReNew: Technology for a sustainable future takes a comprehensive look at how to save money and greenhouse emissions, showcasing some inspiring homes along the way.
The house with no bills
Tim Adams pays no bills at his 7-star home in country Victoria thanks to solar panels, rainwater tanks and lots of creative design and appliance choices.
An efficient renovation
We look at how a few cost-effective, environmentally friendly improvements can transform a family room.
Tips to reduce energy use and save money
From curtains to LCD monitors, taking showers to making toast, ReNew examines all the ways to save money and improve energy efficiency around the home.
The carbon tax – it won’t bite
The carbon price could make households and businesses better off if they take a few important steps, writes environmental planning expert Alan Pears.
Also in the Magazine:
Heat pump buyers guide
Are wood heaters any good?
Understanding electric vehicle emissions
Making an old PC run like new
ReNew: Technology for a sustainable future is published by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable building and water saving.