In Renew 155, we look at the growing problem of e-waste, alternatives to the great Aussie lawn, the pollution timebomb caused by microfibres, site planning for bushfire risk, the etiquette of owning an EV and understanding EV range, plus two solar DIY projects.
Inside you’ll find:
Into the e-wastes
Our regular recycling series addresses the burgeoning problem of e-waste: where it comes from, where it ends up, and why things are getting worse.
A star (rating) is born
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so absurdly difficult to get a straight answer on how energy efficient a house is, Rob McLeod and Olivia Harris have answers for you.
In 1981, John Hermans went off-grid. Forty years later, he has many thoughts on batteries.
Stop watching the grass grow
Oliver Lees throws down a gauntlet to (or onto?) the Great Australian Lawn.
M I C R O F I B R E S
Is our laundry obsession slowly wreaking havoc on our oceans? Kim Thomson investigates.
Buyers Guide – Powering into the garden
Lance Turner with the lowdown on why it’s time to ditch petrol.
Keeping an eye on the BAL
Architect and bushfire specialist Julie de Jong on how site planning can mitigate bushfire risk.
DIY #1: Solar hot water system
Barry Lambert conjures hot water from a Raspberry Pi, a couple of integrated circuits, and a pump…
DIY #2: Solar space heater
…and Alan Leenaerts heats his house with some polycarbonate sheets and some recycled parts!
Efficiency on the cards
Assessor Lucinda Flynn on the virtues of Victoria’s Residential Efficiency Scorecard.
EVetiquette: the essential guide
Bryce Gaton submits his entry for the word of 2021.
What’s my real range?
Are you confused by the answer to what seems like it should be a simple question: what’s my EV’s range? Bryce Gaton is here to help.