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Off-grid living: researching & building the dream

Building our dream home required a heap of research – bushfire prone area, environmental overlay, off-grid with no external services. We want a large, sustainable house without compromising normal living and amenity. We need value for money, but want quality, low maintenance and longevity. We want to be carbon negative.

I’m summarising our research and learnings as we go, to hopefully help others on this journey. There’s a lot more info coming….

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House: fact based stuff on permits, bushfires, how many trees do you need to plant for firewood, how to build a snake proof fence, design for above ground planters…

Offgrid Technical: what I’ve learned about offgrid and its components, from original research through performance once it’s up and running. Corrections welcomed from our electrical experts!

Carbon Neutral Australia: my thoughts on Australia’s need to become energy carbon neutral.

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And of course, the Blog.

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Waiting, waiting….

The house was (mostly) wrapped over two months ago, and since then, a little bit of internal electrical and plumbing fit out, but other than that, nothing. Every week we’re told the brickies will be here next week, but no show. The tight well fitting wrapping is degrading and starting to flap in the breeze.Continue reading “Waiting, waiting….”

Build Power Supply

We needed to provide power for the builders to save $10,000 on the contract price. We reckon we can provide it for around $500. (And that’s without installing our solar).

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