Go modern electric and save on bills
Households today are looking to make the most of their own solar electricity supply by using efficient electric appliances. Even without a solar electricity system installed, households can save on bills and greenhouse gas emissions by upgrading old appliances with new efficient models. From hot water, split systems, lighting, cooktops, washing machines right through to personal heating, we can help you choose appliances that cost less to run. Read on for more on modern electric appliances and ways to monitor and reduce your electricity use at home.
As Australia’s electricity grid greens, gas is losing its position as the cleaner and cheaper fuel choice for households. In fact, by installing gas appliances, many people are locking themselves into higher bills and emissions compared to choosing an all-electric home, as Renew’s ongoing research shows.Read more
If you’re planning to build an airtight home, it’s important that you also consider indoor air quality. We ask building scientist Jenny Edwards to tease out the issues around mechanical ventilation with heat recovery – including when it’s needed and when it’s not.Read more
Rain and heat mean different cladding and finishing choices in the sub-tropics, says Stephanie Skyring, an architect based in Brisbane. But a focus on sustainable materials is key, no matter the climate.Read more
This house in Willunga, SA, uses timber cladding for a cottage feel, but adds low-maintenance Colorbond and magnesium oxide board for the hard-to-reach areas.Read more