Newsletter 2018 - Issue 2

 


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Efficient hot water bulk buy is now open!
Home Energy bulk buy logo and link.

With our current Home Energy Bulk Buy you can save hundreds of dollars on these efficient hot water systems:
Hurry, the efficient hot water bulk buy closes on 14 March 2018. Anyone living in southern Tasmanian council areas can join the bulk buy. Just follow the links from ecohomeguide.com.au to get a quote. It's easy, just:
  1. request a quote before 14 March 2018.
  2. accept the quote and pay a deposit.
  3. your efficient hot water system is installed.
  4. pay the balance of the bill.
Still deciding which way to go? Check out our advice here.

Community Renewable Energy workshop
Solar panels on roof.

With the emerging demand for community owned power projects we are pleased to invite you to a 1 day intensive training session to help you implement effective community renewable energy projects in your community.
This training is for community renewable energy groups, local government, and not-for-profit and community organisations keen to participate in and support community energy projects. The training will be run by Frontier Impact Group of Melbourne, with support from ARENA, NSW Government and the Skillset organisation.
There is no cost to attend and course materials, resource books and catering will be provided. The training will be held on Tuesday 3 April (9:00am – 4:30pm) at Sustainable Living Tasmania, 1/71 Murray St, Hobart.  RSVP required. 

Surveying Tasmanian households
Solar panels on roof and Tesla battery.

Researchers are wanting to hear from Tasmanian households on how they manage their electricity needs, their views on home solar and batteries, and how this could impact on future electricity infrastructure.
More than 17,000 households across Tasmania have participated in the government-initiated solar photovoltaic Feed-in Tariff scheme. The scheme provides households with generous payments for exporting electricity from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels to the electricity grid. Tasmanian customers are receiving 27c/kWh on the premium tariff scheme which will end on 31 December, 2018. University of Tasmania researchers have launched an online survey in a bid to learn more about how households plan to manage their electricity needs once the Feed-in Tariff scheme ends.
Researchers also aim to discover how households currently without solar might alter their household energy set up in the future. “The purpose of this survey is to improve our understanding of household decision-making around energy generation and consumption,” Dr Evan Franklin from the School of Engineering said. “In particular, we are wanting to hear from those households who will come off the premium Feed-in Tariff at the end of this year, and gauge their attitudes towards residential battery take up.
The survey has been developed by Anthony Broese van Groenou, a PhD researcher in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. 

Recycling unit for difficult to recycle items
City of Hobart recycling centre.

The City of Hobart is trialling a new recycling unit for small items which cannot be included in your fortnightly recycling collection (such as light globes and fluorescent tubes, AA and AAA batteries, toner cartridges, mobile phones/accessories, DVDs and CDs, toothpaste tubes and brushes, mail satchels, pens, and small electronics such as remote controls). These items are recycled into raw materials to be used in new products such as garden pots and park benches.
This initiative will help the City of Hobart reach its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030, and help Tasmania to become carbon neutral by 2035 and a net sink for the remainder of the century, all while thriving in the process.