Renew 161 out now: low cost home retrofits, naturestrip gardens, food preservation, offshore wind in Australia, an unbuyers guide, hydrogen power and more!

In Renew 161, we present something a little different—an unbuyers guide, where we show you how to actually avoid buying new stuff. We also walk you through a couple of low-cost energy efficiency retrofits of older homes, while Alicia Webb looks at the future of offshore wind power in Australia.

Janina Waldmann discovers how to reduce food waste using preservation techniques, Alan Pears takes at air fryers, and finds out if they use less energy than regular cooking, while Jodie Lea Martire tells us all about the a new sustainable housing project in WA aimed at providing affordable, eco-friendly homes for everyone. Stephen Murphy explains the advantages of naturestrip gardening, we take a quick look at the ins and outs of upcycling, take a closer look at the hydrogen hype, while Dick Clarke tells us about an around-Australia EV tour running on a newly developed flexible solar panel. And finally, Bryce Gaton gives us an update on future EV models we are likely to see here in Australia with his latest electric vehicle update.

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