R111

ReNew Issue 111

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ReNew Issue 111 is out now!

  • Electric bikes—DIY style
  • Monkeying around with solar
  • Airtight with DIY double glazing
  • Making a LED fake skylight
  • The evolution of an energy efficient home
  • Smart meters—a rough guide
  • RECs for householders
  • Wind and solar farmhouse
  • How I came to buy an electric bike
  • Electric bike buyers guide
  • The CERES challenge
  • Turbines at the ready
  • Dumping the halogens—retrofit
  • Give your caravan a solar boost
  • Delivering a fire-rated home
  • Product review – wifi energy meter
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Issue Contents:

  • Electric bikes—DIY style

    Last issue we invited you to enter the DIY electric bike competition. Here are just some of the entries.
  • Delivering a fire-rated home

    Nanette McCallum’s student-built home is one of the first built to stringent new bushfire regulations. She explains how it was done.
  • Give your caravan a solar boost

    Going travelling and don’t want to be tied to powered camp sites? Peter Jackson shows how to break the 240 volt power connection permanently.
  • Dumping the halogens—retrofit

    Halogen downlights are an energy disaster. Lance Turner looks at a retrofit that improved illumination with a huge reduction in energy use.
  • Turbines at the ready

    Two turbines are on their way to the site of Australia’s first community-owned wind farm.
  • The CERES challenge

    Australia’s leading environment park will become a zero emissions zone by 2012.
  • Electric bike buyers guide

    Ditching the car can be a huge step, but electric bikes can be the solution. Lance Turner explains what to look for and what’s available.
  • How I came to buy an electric bike

    Has our buyers guide convinced you to get an electric bike? Paul Reily shares his criteria for a successful electric bike purchase.
  • Wind and solar farmhouse

    You are not alone. On the other side of the world plenty of properties are off-grid, including this impressive one in Spain.
  • RECs for householders

    Do RECs have you confused? Damien Moyse explains the current state of play.
  • Smart meters—a rough guide

    Craig Memery explains the basics of smart meters and what they mean for household energy use.
  • The evolution of an energy efficient home

    Visit Aussie Kanck’s home, the site of some innovative retrofits over the years.
  • Making a LED fake skylight

    Make a skylight that isn’t.
  • Airtight with DIY double glazing

    A DIY double glazing solution in a rental house.
  • Monkeying around with solar

    Solar guerrillas just won’t go away. We hear from one who put a small solar system on his roof.
  • Product review – wifi energy meter

    David Rowe looks at a neat energy meter that provides energy usage data via the web.