Our guest today was Robyn Deed, editor of Renew Magazine published by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA). ATA is a non-profit organisation that exists to enable, represent and inspire people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. We spoke to Robyn regarding some of the articles in the Magazine and sustainability in general. Robyn talked us through the article “Greeny flat experiment” featured in the renew magazine where the author Andy Lemann shares how his first attempt to build an energy efficient full scale living house on a limited budget was a success. This piece highlighted some important factors that must be considered in house design/ retrofit in order to be sustainable including the layout of the house, the insulation, window positions, double gazing, low flow plumbing fixtures and many more. For more details, this is a direct link to the online version of the article.
Another article that was highlighted during the show was the “Energy Efficient Cooking” by Alan Pears. There were some basic tips we could do to save the usage of energy in our kitchens. One interesting one was the fact that just putting the lid on while cooking can dramatically reduce energy losses while cooking.
The Timor-Leste Project by Dave Carlos was another topic we talked about on the show where he has written about solar-powered lights being provided to a remote villages in Timor-Leste and how it has changed the lives of many people living there as well as the volunteers travelling there to help install.There are heaps more articles in the magazine that we were not able to cover (as usual!) so head to the Renew website to read all the latest.
|Installing solar panels for lighting in remote Timor-Leste villages|
Next week we have our resident gardening expert, Jodi Jackson so don’t miss it!
Environmentality wants to thank Smriti Panday for her contributions to this week's blog.
This week's music tracks
Steal the Light by The Cat Empire
Silent Night by Gurrumul and Delta Goodrem
Fear Of Failure by The Basics
Hills of Brisbane by James Blundell