Solar energy considerations

What’s environmentally friendly, efficient, produces no emissions or noise and is low maintenance? In recent years solar energy options are becoming prominent in homes as they become more affordable. Photovoltaics (PV) - the cells which convert sunlight into usable household power-means you can take control over

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Urban Village judge and British television presenter Kevin McCloud has urged Christchurch to seize the opportunity to create a sustainable city that will be a true vision for the future.The star of the television series Grand Designs said in an open letter to the city, “My hope is that you, the people who live in and

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An invention which will prevent heat escaping through ceiling downlights, while still ensuring maximum insulation in the roof space, is set to save home owners hundreds of dollars a year on power bills. Paul Hill came up with the idea for the Cosydome while crawling around in his roof space insulating his ceiling.

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Making rays pay

Trevor Foster (left) with production team leader Gilbert Best showing a ready home unit destined for Australia. By Melinda Collins Sunlight bathes us in far more energy than the world could ever possibly need—if only we could catch enough of it. Many scientists now say that with steady, incremental improvements

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Kiwis tired of being caught in the pincer movement of rising power bills and increasing petrol prices recently received a glimpse of the secret to energy independence. Showcasing the latest in electric vehicles, home generation using solar power and other smart, sustainable technologies, the first ever EnaSolar Sma

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Using a heat pump to heat hot water

Is your power bill killing you? Installing an Econergy heat pump water heater could help. We talk to managing director David Senn to find out more. How does the Econergy® water heater work? Manufactured in New Zealand for South Island weather conditions, the Econergy water heater is a very efficient he

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There are lots of things to consider when planning your new home or major renovation and one area rightfully deserving to be high on the list is sustainable building solutions. Incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project is vitally important for the conservation and welfare of our limited nat

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