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  1. stevo

    Question [Poll] What's your electricity usage?

    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I...
    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I think it stinks! :blah:
    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I think it stinks! :blah:
    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I...
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  2. Mark

    Wind Farms do you think they are ugly?

    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and hurts poor people. If windfarms contribute to the unreasonable escalating cost of power then...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and hurts poor people. If windfarms contribute to...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and...

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  3. Steve

    Question What size rain water tank?

    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
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  4. Mark

    Question What is the biggest gas cylinder you can buy?

    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order through Origin just recently cost $139.50 but the one before that was $152.50 so it seems domestic...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order through Origin just recently cost $139.50 but the...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order...
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  5. stevo

    Water - future resource

    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
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  6. bearded1

    Thinking about making biodiesel; -any experience here?

    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear 20L used oils. They are left to settle then the oil is syphoned off the top into another 20L container...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear 20L used oils. They are left to settle then the oil...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear...
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  7. Tim C

    The vehicle of the future? DIY Electric Bike

    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!
    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!
    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!
    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!

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  8. stevo

    Tesla Powerwall?

    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
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  9. Ash

    Recommend SolaX X-Hybrid inverter for solar energy generation

    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself thereafter. The fault needs to be drilled into the SAE group first, the electrician who was responsible for my...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself thereafter. The fault needs to be drilled into the SAE group...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself...

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  10. stevo

    Solar Station

    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
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  11. stevo

    Solar Roads

    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like mining compounds or military installations - it's basically smart paving and making the most out of a...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like mining compounds or military installations - it's...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like...
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  12. letsgo

    Solar quotes

    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
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  13. Mark

    Solar Energy Video - Not Bad

    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
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  14. Montse

    Tip Small homemade heater

    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the...
    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the good news is other advertising entities are starting to make ground on Googs so they might be a...
    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the good news is other advertising entities are starting...
    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the...
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  15. stevo

    Self-built solar setup takes retired man off the grid

    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
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  16. stevo

    Renew Economy

    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
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  17. stevo

    QLD Electricity prices merger?

    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
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  18. Mark

    Origin Energy puts a TAX on households with solar panels!

    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is...
    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is and why someone would want one. I had hoped that the electricians would advise me what I need to...
    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is and why someone would want one. I had hoped that...
    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is...

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  19. stevo

    One Big Switch - Qld/AU

    Not to me :p
    Not to me :p
    Not to me :p
    Not to me :p
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  20. stevo

    my 12v offgrid system

    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a...
    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a solar pond pump wetting towels wrapped around the keg in a cut off drum. As long as the keg was in the...
    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a solar pond pump wetting towels wrapped around the...
    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a...
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  21. Mark

    Making solar heaters out of used cans

    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
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  22. Mark

    Is Residential solar power still too expensive?

    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
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  23. stevo

    Question Hot Water Systems?

    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is...
    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is mounted in a brick or steel frame. They usually have a blow-off riser pipe that is higher than the...
    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is mounted in a brick or steel frame. They usually have...
    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is...
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  24. Steve

    Hot Water - What do you think?

    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
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  25. Mark

    Grid level battery electricity storage coming soon

    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
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