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Disconnecting the gas

In some parts of Australia, removing a gas connection is complicated. Thankfully for me it was a smooth process.

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Going green Home life

Kitchen renovation

I finally renovated my kitchen, and now my house is gas-free

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Home life News and events

The news from 1st April 1938

An old newspaper from 1938 found while renovating my kitchen

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driving Home life

New keyring

My keys aren’t bulky, but my car key is.

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Food'n'drink Going green

Electric cooking

Trying out cooking with electricity instead of gas

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Going green

Tracking your electricity usage

I’ve written previously about moves to reduce my carbon footprint. I was wondering if it’s possible to get better electricity data… and it turns out it is. With thanks to a post on the Facebook “My Efficient Electric Home” group, it turns out the electricity distributors have a way for you to get half-hourly data  ... [More]

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Going green transport

Electric buses are coming

On Saturday I had my first brief ride in an electric bus. The electric bus seemed much quieter than it’s diesel cousins. And no engine vibration while idling. And no fumes of course.Great to see more electric buses coming into service – hopefully with ongoing investment in route reform and more frequent services.? pic.twitter.com/AsVFhGWdKI β€”  ... [More]

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Cutting my household emissions

I’ve been on a long term course to reduce my household emissions, so this little list caught my eye: One by one on these (in a slightly different order): LED lighting – yes – I think all the CfLs have been replaced by LEDs. LEDs to me seem to be living up to expectations of  ... [More]

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Green and red and yellow

The recent IPCC report is a reminder that we should all be doing what we can to minimise our environmental impact. Rather than big picture, right now I wanted to focus on rubbish going to landfill. I think it’s good that my local council, Glen Eira, have modified their rubbish collection. Since late July, the  ... [More]

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Greening my house, the next chapter

Not a transport post, though it does get a mention. Previously in my quest for a greener house: 2012: Better roof insulation 2015: External blinds 2017: Air conditioning (livingroom) 2019: Wall insulation 2020: Heat pump electric hot water (replacing gas-boosted solar hot water) I’ve got two new house upgrades to report on. Solar PV This  ... [More]

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Going green Home life

Solar panels on period homes

Solar panels on heritage homes are the perfect blend of old and new

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Home life transport

Politics and couches

Just a quick post while I work on some more substantive content. State Budget Victoria’s State Budget, normally in May but much delayed due to COVID-19, was on Tuesday. Most of the big ticket public transport investment (Airport Rail, Geelong upgrade, and a huge early works package on the Suburban Rail Loop) had already been  ... [More]