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October 6th, 2013 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
Here’s a welcome website dedicated to finding products and materials needed to make your home energy efficient.
The site focuses on DIY projects – such as how to insulate your hot water cylinder – explains each project and provides background information and links to resources. It includes a handy listing of online and local (Hobart) suppliers.
It’s all there for you to use, so take a look and see what else you could be doing to save energy.
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June 8th, 2013 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
Winter is here again and so our attention is drawn to our homes and how comfortable they are… or aren’t.
All around our nation, home owners have been gradually insulating ceilings, windows and floors – because these are relatively easy to do. And that leaves just the walls. And we don’t know what to do! That’s because walls are so hard to get at.
When undertaking our ‘Barriers to Behaviour Change’ project the difficulty of insulating walls (that is, the walls that are already built and cladded) was identified as one of the most annoying and significant barriers to making our homes more thermally efficient.
Our ‘How to insulate the walls of your home’ guide is for those who are keen to have a go. You can download it HERE.
January 23rd, 2012 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
Is this you?
You’ve swapped over your light bulbs, insulated your ceilings and windows, changed your shower rose, put in a veggie garden…. and you feel mighty good about those things, but then there’s that darned family car. And those frequent plane trips.
(Click on the chart at right, to enlarge it.)
As part of our Climate Connect project we engaged intensively with community members about the barriers that prevent us from living sustainably… and it seems that people are most frustrated by their travel footprint. Because it tends to unravel most of their other good deeds.
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October 23rd, 2011 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
Hello and welcome. Below are some resources developed for our Climate Connect program – which looked at household behavioural change.
To undertake the Household Behaviour Survey please click HERE.
To view responses from above survey (in graph form) click HERE. (These are compiled from 428 household entries statewide.)
To read ‘big picture’ story and do self-test please click HERE.
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July 14th, 2011 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
RMIT has just launched a new user-friendly household emissions calculator. Now it is much easier to get a visible estimate of how your household is performing energywise.
Click on graphic at left to give it a try and let us know what you think!
(A feature of this calculator is that it graphically shows your transport and food footprints.)
And here is another one (right) – also very simple to use. We’ve been using this international one for the Climate Connect behaviour change project.
Which calculator do you prefer? You can comment below or email us directly.
July 9th, 2011 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
After last year’s successful open forum on the emerging ‘Peak Oil’ phenomenon, another one has just been held on 2nd of July.
This forum focussed on how local government is taking a lead with this important issue.
For a concise summary just go to this link.
Many thanks to community members who helped and attended.
July 7th, 2011 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving, events
Waterworks Valley Community has just won the 2011 Award for Environmental Excellence (community category).
The award was presented in recognition of the work that we have undertaken during the past two years with our Climate Connect Project – overcoming barriers to behavioural change.
Our project team comprised Jacqui Allan, Jonah Gouldthorpe, Amanda Sully, Stuart Godfrey, Chris Harries and our partner organisation Eco Tasmania Inc (a spin-off from our successful bulk purchase of solar hot water systems). Glenda Hosking played a key role in managing the project’s finances.
For more information click Here.
May 18th, 2011 — Climate Connect Project, events
Is your organisation interested in sustainability issues?
Thanks to our Climate Connect project we are able to give presentations upon request (Tasmania only) during the next few months. We aim to make these workshops lively and interactive.
Please email Chris the editor to express an interest.
January 11th, 2011 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving, solar
We’ve got solar PV panels installed – finally. We should have done this years ago!
We’d been debating for a long time whether or not to put in a grid-connected solar electricity system, as we thought it would be complicated, expensive, time-consuming and possibly not worth the effort.
Well, we were wrong! We’d committed to reducing our energy use as part of the Climate Connect project and solar power seemed an obvious thing to do. We were also shamed by a visit from a journalist from the Owner-Builder magazine who was surprised that we didn’t have such a system already. So, in a spirit of “keeping up with the Joneses” (although in our case it was keeping up with Chris, Troy, Shaun, Lilith, Amanda, Ian, Dorka, etc down the road) we sought quotes and chose our installer (the company who did many of the South Hobart installations).
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August 12th, 2010 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving
The outstanding energy saving opportunity that came out of our Climate Connect Project was hot water cylinders.
Little do most people know how much energy is lost from them and how easy it is to cut back on those totally unnecessary losses.
So…. how much heat is being lost? Download our information summary HERE.
July 7th, 2010 — Climate Connect Project
Climate change is personal as well as political.
If you haven’t undertaken this household survey yet then you can still do it.
This is part of our Climate Connect project (understanding the barriers to taking action on climate change) and is now being undertaken statewide.
We’ve had tremendous feedback from this exercise, many people find it very very beneficial for themselves.
Click here to take the survey. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.
June 22nd, 2010 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving, events
This Sunday, June 27, there will be two in-house demonstrations on home insulation.
Come and see how Clear Comfort window insulation can be cheaply installed on your windows – at 1pm, 136 Waterworks Rd.
Come and see how to retrofit insulation into a weatherboard wall cavity – at 3pm, 195 Waterworks Rd.
February 14th, 2010 — Climate Connect Project, energy saving, solar
Recent publicity over insulation deaths prompts us to issue a general warning to Tasmanian households.
Please be assured that most home renovations can be undertaken with complete safely provided some basic safety measures are taken. To this end, please browse the checklist – download it HERE.
Waterworks Community by now has extensive involvement in advising householders on the variety of ways they can refurbish their homes to reduce their climate footprint. Our own community is a living demonstration of what success can be achieved.
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