John Brodie explores how we can save money using different sustainable solutions on 6PR

John Brodie explores how we can save money using different sustainable solutions on 6PR.

Shade cloths in a light colour are one solution. Shade cloths are great for the hot Australasian climate where they can reduce heat loads in your house by 3-4%.

But, sustainability is made up of all little bits and pieces, there is no one silver bullet.

The whole urban design equation is full of competing demands. One of the key factors is transport modes. A lot of work is going on in regards to urban planning and climatology etc.

Skylights are another good solution but they need to be properly designed and specified so they do not let great heat loads inside during summer.

Solar hot water systems are also a no-brainer. They have a lot of uses to heat houses, heat water that can be run into dishwaters, driers, washing machines etc. This means that the heating function doesn’t have to come from electricity- it is energy and carbon free.

Brodie also touches upon the Green Garage Concept- which is an exciting development in hybrid cars and power grid generation which will be a lot more efficient than a power station.

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