R112

ReNew Issue 112

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ReNew Issue 112 is out now!

  • DIY solar cat (or dog) kennel
  • Scheffler dishes: hot to trot at CERES
  • Comfortable in the tropics
  • Solar hot water: buying a split system
  • Building better smart meters
  • GreywaterWatch: salt and soil
  • Micro-hydro buyers guide
  • Solar lift in a strawbale home
  • ATA timeline centrespread
  • Investing for the environment
  • Looking on the ‘bike’ side
  • Heating your home with the earth
  • Portable classroom home
  • Dyane for a new millennium
  • With ATA since the year dot
  • The good parts inside old VCRs
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Issue Contents:

  • DIY solar cat (or dog) kennel

    Julian Edgar built a solar powered home for his cat—it even has thermal storage for when the sun’s gone down!
  • With ATA since the year dot

    Meet John Morgan, a long time ATA member who has had a keen interest in all things renewable most of his life.
  • Dyane for a new millennium

    EVs come in all shapes and sizes, but Ulrich Schmid’s Citroen EV is definitely one of the cutest.
  • Portable classroom home

    Energy efficient homes don’t have to be made of the latest high tech materials or cost a fortune. Here’s a home that cost next to nothing yet ticks many of the eco boxes.
  • Heating your home with the earth

    Geothermal heat pumps can greatly reduce heating and cooling costs. But how do they work? We unravel some of the mystery.
  • Looking on the ‘bike’ side

    In some countries, bikes are a major form of transport. But not in Australia. See how other countries get people off their butts and onto bikes.
  • Investing for the environment

    Got some spare cash you want to invest, but don’t want it used to harm the environment? We take a look at how to invest ethically.
  • ATA timeline centrespread

    In the last 30 years the ATA has gone from strength to strength, with a few bumps along the way. Take a look at the journey from 1980 to 2010.
  • Solar lift in a strawbale home

    Lifts in domestic properties are becoming more common, but they are usually mains powered. Check out this great strawbale home with a solar powered lift.
  • Micro-hydro buyers guide

    Micro-hydro turbines can supply a continuous source of renewable energy on the right site. But which turbine is best? Check out the options in our buyers guide.
  • GreywaterWatch: salt and soil

    Read about the results of the Alternative Technology Association’s GreywaterWatch Trial.
  • Building better smart meters

    The ATA has been pushing for better smartmeter features that benefit the homeowner, not just the power company.
  • Solar hot water: buying a split system

    Gayle Russell tells about her experiences when she moved from a passive solar hot water system to a split system.
  • Comfortable in the tropics

    Living in the tropics can be a sweaty business. We look at some homes that keep their owners comfortable.
  • Scheffler dishes: hot to trot at CERES

    Bryce Gaton explains how CERES community environment park in Melbourne is bringing simple solar cookers to the people.
  • The good parts inside old VCRs

    In the first of our new Salvage It! column, Julian Edgar shows us the ins and outs of recycling these common redundant electronic devices.