Category : Home Sustainability

How to Read Your Electricity Bill & Calculate Your Annual Environmental footprint

Understanding Your Bill Your Synergy Bill (see images below) shows the number of electricity units you have sold to Synergy (kWh exported back to the grid) and the number of units that you have consumed (kWh imported from the grid). The sold units are offset against the number of units you have consumed (refer to #…. Read More

Perth’s new model for real estate development

The City of Fremantle recently announced they are looking for expressions of interest from groups of people that want to develop 7 Quarry St in Fremantle, a site currently owned by the City. It’s not your ordinary expression of interest though… Fremantle Baugruppen demonstration project The project is inspired by the ‘Baugruppen’ development model, where…. Read More

Battery Storage – What to expect?

It has been called the second solar energy revolution: battery storage. The product and its potential is capturing people’s attention and interest. The Green Gurus™ team are getting many questions. How does it work? What is the cost? Should I think about installing battery storage and if so, when? Why consider battery storage? A drawback…. Read More

Green Gurus™ launches ‘Green Apartment Living’ Program

Living in a strata building should not limit your ability to enjoy a low carbon/ low cost, sustainable lifestyle. There is more to sustainability than solar power and savings in power bills. At the Perth Eco Fair on Sunday 3 April, the Green Gurus™ team launched its brand new Green Apartment Living Program aimed at…. Read More

The value of solar passive homes

Written by Griff Morris, Founder and Director of Solar Dwellings Griff’s list of significant contributions is lengthy! Some of these include Inaugural Board member of the now Sustainable Energy Association, Member of the HIA Environmental Planning Committee, Member of the Commonwealth Government Committee regarding the Technical Advisory Manual for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Member…. Read More

Measuring Sustainability in Residential Buildings

We get a lot of people asking us for a basic overview of what tools are available to measure sustainability performance and outcomes in buildings. Here is an overview of the main ‘Green Tools of the Trade’ for Green residential buildings in Australia. Thankfully, measuring sustainability is becoming easier. There are now a number of…. Read More

Will solar panels add value to my home?

Are you selling a home with solar? Have you ever wondered whether a PV system adds value to a home? New research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) illustrates that price premiums were consistently paid in the US for homes with solar photovoltaics (PV). This research shows that it is important to value PV systems…. Read More

What Perth Wants

Did you miss the news over the Christmas break? New market research shows that Perth residents are ready to embrace change and development that will deliver a more sustainable, more affordable and more liveable city. The research was commissioned by multi-residential property developer Psaros, working together withCCWA and the Property Council of Australia. The main finding…. Read More

Sustainability in WA Housing: 5 Good News Stories

I am constantly amazed by the bad news on sustainability and climate change in the media nowadays. Fortunately for me, in my position, I am also constantly exposed to a bunch of upbeat, sophisticated, up-to-date blogs, e-newsletter, websites and other pro-sustainability businesses who have a plethora of good news and info to share. Sustainability can be…. Read More

Winter Gardening Jobs

Winter is here and if you’re anything like me, your garden isn’t looking it’s best. It’s cold, the rain is much appreciated but there ain’t much going on out there! So in order to motivate myself, I thought I’d bring you a few things you could at this time of year in your garden: Your…. Read More