Issue 145 is hot off the press and full of advice for your sustainable home this spring. As always, Renew comes overflowing with articles to satisfy both the technically and the not-so-technically minded. Regardless of whether your interest is choosing a rainwater tank, understanding how to create a water saving garden, installing an energy storage system or what to look for when buying an EV, there is something for everyone in this issue.
Renew 145 has a special focus on saving water in the home. Inside you’ll find:
Special feature: Water saving
Why I built a wetland
With ‘her friend, the mattock’, Mara Ripani is planting out a wetland and reaping the benefits in diversity, beauty and joy.
Waterwise in your own backyard
Tips from a WA garden designer on designing a waterwise garden.
Choosing a rainwater tank – Buyers Guide
Materials, siting, sizing, filters, pumps and more: what you need to consider when installing a tank. Plus rainwater tank case studies x 6.
So many benefits from stormwater use on show in these great projects.
Two decades of monitoring
Where water gets used in the home.
Energy storage update
Lance Turner updates what’s happening in the market and what to look for.
Students get behind an infrared camera
These high school students learnt how to test for air leakage and become proficient DIY-installers—leading to great results for the homes involved, and benefits for the whole community. Plus a case study household.
Do you have a failed inverter, failed panel or just want to get a bigger solar system? We survey the options and challenges.
My brilliant (sustainable) career
If you’d like to get involved in sustainability in your day job, where do you start? Alan Strickland looks at several fields with sustainability at their core. Plus a Renewable Energy Courses Buyers Guide
Totally Renewable Yackandandah
TRY is leading the way with a plan to be 100% renewable by 2022. Here’s what they’ve done so far and the exciting developments about to happen in Yack.
When loyalty becomes liability
Even those in the know can end up with a raw deal on their energy bill. Engineer Andrew Mitchell explains his own ‘wake-up call’ and what he (and you) can do about it.
Electric vehicle options
What electric vehicle types are available and how do you work out which will best suit your needs? Bryce Gaton offers a suggested ‘ideal’ usage pattern for each to assist your choice.
How do you charge an electric vehicle if you live in an apartment or unit?