Should I turn off my heatpump at night or just turn down?
We have recently had our house reinsulated - in the roof, and underflooring and have removed our log burner and installed a new heatpump.
I was told by the installer that it is more efficient to leave the heat pump on ...
Eco-friendly and non-toxic upholstery fill
Hi there. We have an old ('bergere'?) sofa & chairs which have horrible old foam in that's falling apart. I've started to get quite concerned about what this might be doing to our health - especially as we have ...
Traditional Internal Lime Plastering - Auckland
Hi all, We're developing a residential property in the Rodney area and would like to consider using a traditional lime based plaster system for our internal walls. Having lived in France and Spain for a few years I loved the ...
By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
We're just about to move into an Adobe Mud-brick eco house, off the grid, batteries, solar, windmill .... etc ... You will see by my questions below that I know NOTHING as yet about living in an eco house ...
Wetback to Radiator
Hi, We have a woodburner (old Kent) with wetback disconnected to HW cylinder.
I would like to heat a downstairs area with a radiator connected to the wetback.
Is this feasible and if so how?
Thermocell help ?
Hi I have a Thermocell HW system.
been working well for 7 years. Just did my annual "get on the roof and clean the panels"
I noticed that the glass is dirty....on the inside !
How do I clean this ...
By Thermocell Nick
Living off-grid is not hard!
I have been off-grid over 15 years and I get a lot of questions from people that think living off-grid means going without common comforts and would be too hard of a life for them.
I would like to dispel the ...
House Thermal Simulation Software Options
Has anybody got any experience with software that can be used to model the thermal performance of anew home design other than Branz ALF. While ALF is of some use, its not that great dealing with Passive heating, and ...
Hi does anyone who has building experience be interested in building a Tiny house for me?
Off-Grid vs Grid Tied Solar
Hi all, I'm interested to hear from any of you that have your home set up for off-grid or grid tied systems, what kind of setup do you have? i.e. how many panels producing how many kw what equipment are ...
Pyroclassic IV wood fire
Hi, has anyone had or known someone who has had a Pyroclassic IV wood fire? It is reportedly one of the most efficient fireplaces on the market. I am interested though to hear from anyone as to its performance. The ...
Seeking Ecovillage info in New Zealand
Hi. I'm trying to track down a list of Ecovillages through out New Zealand and was wanting to know if anyone know's a good link where I could find them?
importing solar panels?
Hi im wanting to put solar hot water and pv panels on our house , im looking at importing out of china i have a few contacts and good prices but im wondering on standards to make them legal? they ...
i just discovered some wonderful eco houses, called 'Holz100' houses. They have been developed by Erwin Thoma in Austria and they are totally made of untreated solid wood, inside and exterior. This seems to be possible because the wood is ...
after doing everything obvious.
Upped the insulation
space heat pump
HW heat pump
I still have a far too high power bill . I want to have the circuits in the house monitored by a professional for say a month ...
Reducing cost of water heating
Our home hot water tank holds 30 gallons. We used 2612 units to keep this heated all year. At current prices of 29.37c per unit the annual cost is $767.14 or approx 7.2 units per day at cost of $2.10.
How to maximise solar power self-consumption?
I was wondering if anyone with a solar power system has any tips on how to use as much of your solar power as possible before sending it to the grid?
Timing your washing machine and dish washer is something I've ...
Where to put the water filters for the tank
Hi, We have a bach with a water tank. As there are a lot of Manuka trees near the bach we have a collection roof on the top of a hill and a tank just below it. ...
Just wondering if anyone has had experience with this inverter - specifically Multiplus 24/3000/70-16. Thanks.
By Trans Marine Pro
Small Sustainable bush community Waikato
Hi , we are living off grid and sustainable on 10 acres of land (8 acres is bush)25km west of Hamilton 18km from Raglan. we are looking for , open minded couple , 28-50 yrs who have some equity and ...
pay off building work.
Hi does anyone know of any builders that allow you to put down a deposit and pay rest off over a year or two? Eg to build and pay off a Tiny house not a normal size one.
site to lease,
Hi there just wondering if anyone has a site I can lease in Auckland to put a Tiny house on?
It would be later in the year(once I've saved up and got it built) ...
Hi there, just wondering if anyone in Auckland has a Tiny house they would be interested in renting out for about 6-8months while I save up for one to be built?
I have a high pressure hot water system, when the water is Hot, the shower uses little water (hot and cold) as the water cools(in the cylinder) we turn the mixer to warmer (normal) but much more water is used ...
I'm starting a VERY small camping business - de-stressing holidays and am looking for a stand alone external shower (non electric) that actually works - the bag one I bought just gives a deeply unsatisfying trickle.
Any suggestions would be greatly ...