Electricity Retailers Tarrifs
I was shopping around for power companies and as a typcial example, I went to Meridian Energy. I can't find any tarrif structures on their website and they confirmed that you can't get that sort of information. What you can ...
By Two Engineers
Retrofit double glazing
My home is about 7yrs old & has the standard single glazed aluminium windows (the aluminium frames are not thermally broken). Wall insulation is reasonable & roof has just had further batts added over the existing insulation. I am ...
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Hiring out your gear
Hey all, I saw an ad on Facebook for a site (www.flack.co.nz) that let's you hire out your gear to others. Thought it sounded like a good idea but was wondering if anyone had tried it out, had any thoughts?
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 ...
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 ...
I would like any feedback on weathertex linea board. It looks like a great product. I am building in Hawkes Bay where the sun is powerful.
Magnesium Oxide Board
Has anyone heard of or used this product?
Found an interesting website www.advanced-living.co.nz that talks of using this board as an alternative to gib bd.
Green cosmetic products
Hi, Im a student looking for information about Green/organic cosmetics in New Zealand... what make them green? any way to find the list etc... Where do I start?
Gidday Folks ,
I'm new here today and been having a read , good site.
I'm keen to hear your thoughts regarding my ideas.
I have a small home 85 sq m with seperate header tanks in my ceiling ...
Any intelivent users...
looking for intelivent users to get comment on how they find the system. Does it work well for them & are they happy the system does what they expect ?
Especially keen to hear how much control the user has over ...
Hi has anyone installed a euro style multipoint lock on their entrance door. I am having difficulty locating suppliers in NZ.
An End to Natural Health and Home Grown Food in NZ?armingE
I received the following email today and I find it rather disturbing, to say the least. the implications of both the Food Bill and the Martial law Bill are enormous.
Can anyone refute the existence of either Bill, and is it ...
Water tank monitoring and safety shut off
Hope all is well.
We've recently rebuilt a holiday home in St Arnuard.
We don't have mains water here and are currently running off rainwater however our water tank is underground and not easily accessed to view water levels.
Does anyone ...
Biofuel ethanol fires
Does anyone have any opinion or experience with biofuel ethanol fire places?
Does anyone know anything about Ebode?
We are getting interested in building a sustainable house and have come across ebode.co.nz. Does anyone know anything about them? are they just another design and build company doing a "greenwash" or are they as good as their website seems ...
How do I make cabinet handles?
I can't find cool cabinet handles and I was wondering how hard it would be to make them out of baking clay or some such material. If someone knows where I can buy skull pulls for my kitchen cabinets ...
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Rough Sawn Rimu Walls
We have removed the scrim on our hallway walls and have revealed complete walls of rough-sawn rimu boards (think its known as sarking?). They look amazing and we are considering leaving them as they are as a feature. Has ...
Self-Building (Jumping through hoops)
Hello and thank you to all that read this.
I'm hoping to get some advice or grounding from the good people on this forum.
We are wanting to self-build a modest eco house for myself and my family on a ...
COVID-19 Sustainability During the Crisis
Whilst we all hope that this situation will not dramatically deteriorate, we can share all the little things that might help us all through the crisis. I'm looking at what we can grow in the garden and would love ...
Which Home heating method – Electric Heat pump or low emission Wood Burner?
Ambient air concentrations of both PM10 and NOX in the Auckland region, currently exceed accepted health guidelines and standards.
PM10 particulates kill about 600 NZ’s per year from respiratory disease and cancer.
The largest single contributors to annual emissions of PM10, are ...
With the growing popularity of community gardens in residential areas, growing for both food and pleasure is proving to be a popular and therapeutic pass time.
Tell us about your community garden.
My local one in Khandallah, Wellington offers a little ...
My child has a terrible allergy, so about 3 years ago I started using eco-friendly detergents.
Lately use Cleanwell or Simple green. What detergents do you use for the kitchen and bathroom? ...
Can old gib be recycled into the soil?
I've got a bunch of gib board offcuts to dispose of.
In the past I've added gypsum to my soil to improve it. Is "gib board" gypsum with some binding agents? Could I smash it up and dig into soil or ...
Hi - we have a basement with an old concrete slab, at least part of which does not have polythene underneath it. We think we have sorted out most of the water ingress issues with basement, but before recarpeting ...
By Cleaning Pro