I regularly get asked “how many solar panels should I install?” The answer is simple: As many as you possibly can. Here’s why. Solar panels are now incredibility cheap, costing about $1 per Watt or $5,000 for a 5kW system.  Over the warranted 25 year life of the system, the electricity generated costs only about

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When talking about solar energy or efficient houses I often get asked whether I am installing batteries. At this stage, though my house and solar system are battery ready, I’m not installing batteries as they are of neither cost or environmental benefit to me.  This doesn’t however mean they don’t suit others and I wanted

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Flooding is one of the most devastating phenonmenons in the world, and is the most frequent hazard compared to other natural hazards such as droughts, fires, and earthquakes. With most Australians living on the coast, and about 40% of NSW’s coastline vulnerable to recession under sea level rise [1] – we look at how flooding (exacerbated by climate change) affects the Illawarra and housing.

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Sustainability is a concept that has gone mainstream, however our use of natural resources has risen since the introduction of the term in the 1980s. Today humanity uses equivalent to 1.6 of the Earth’s resources, with predictions by 2030 we’ll be using two Earths to support us. And, we’ve only got one.

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A lecturer once told me that when asking her students to design a household to become more sustainable, students would immediately pick out the technological elements for change e.g. solar panels, thermal insulation and efficient lighting. It is only at second thought do they realise that sustainable behaviour practices play just as much of a role in sustainability

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Whitehouse Concepts would like to invite you to the Sustainable House Day on Sunday September 11th, featuring our Sustainable Country Styled Home design at 12 Berrima Road. Open for all-day viewing, the Sustainable House Day gives visitors a chance to inspect firsthand the home that we designed, and built, with sustainability in mind.

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