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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Hi does anyone who has building experience be interested in building a Tiny house for me?
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?
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.
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 ...
Looking for suitable person
We are three older knowledgeable people who need a fella in his late forties or early fifties to join us and take on some of the responsibilities. We have built the ...
Aquatron Composting toilet (Ecotoilet)
Hi All, I am new here. I am building next year and looking at a composting toilet. The Ecotoilet Aquatron model. I am interested in hearing testimonials regarding this system. Does anyone have one? Thanks, ...
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 ...
Clay for earth ovens
Hi does anyone know a good value source of clay to build an earth oven? The clay doesn't need to be of a high quality and I don't want to pay for pottery clay. Ideally I would prefer to dig ...
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 ...
Putting a timer on an electric HW cylinder
First off I am NOT on ripple controlled HW. Cylinder is on 24/7 if it is needed to heat water.
We have a low pressure cylinder.
I shower in the morning, my wife showers in the evening. A ...
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?
Underfloor heating wooden floors.
I'm about to do major renovations to an old house and would like to improve thermal efficiencies.
1. What thoughts on underfloor insulation? (I can access most of the house under the floors.)
2. Any suggestions on floor heating? ...
Commercial spa water treatment
Can anyone advise how long water can be reused safely in a spa bath with whatever treatment. I am assuming that water can only be treated for so long before it needs to be drained and new water brought in. ...