• Billy posted an update 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hi @ecoaction I put in blinds & window coverings at the start of winter. Luckily our house in north facing, and we’ve been able to keep the warmth in far better this year since I’ve done that. I’m definitely noticing a difference in the evenings, and haven;t used the heater at all for quite a while. Made a huge difference. Thanks for all the help :)

  • Billy posted an update 5 years ago

    Anyone going tho this http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/public-to-get-wind-of-plant-20121008-279jv.html ?? Sounds like a great way to support to wind power for our region. Apparently wind output in SA has helped keep electricity proces down, it’s so succesful, would be wonderful to have more renewable energy available here!

  • Billy commented on the post, Compost mad 5 years ago

    @Tracey sometimes you can get local cafes/restaurants to give you their organic waste if you’re reliable about picking it up. I reckon that’s a good way to go if you’re wanting to get a lot of usable compost. […]

  • @Anna21 I’ve found that it’s more about habit than time, but forming the habit when you’ve got lots on can be tricky – I think more psychologically than anything else from my own experience. I’ve found when I’m […]

  • That sounds like an excellent idea, I’ll keep my coffee for the strawberries & I might even beat he snails to them!

  • That’s fabulous. I tried to take on a transport challenge, and hate to say I failed. I’ll keep holding out for light rail with a bus feeder system, hopefully we’ll get there yet!

  • I’ll stick with the science, but good on you for reducing your impact :)

  • I think they can be a bit acidic & oily. I’ve put some in with my worms (mixed in with other stuff), but wouldn’t put too much. I put some around my citrus (loves acid soils) and the rest in the compost. I think […]

  • Billy commented on the post, Going Vegan 5 years, 2 months ago

    Yum! You can always go Thai or Chinese types of food, not much dairy in them, although could be other things I don’t know about.

  • Billy posted an update 5 years, 2 months ago

    Just got my gas bill. Usage down at least 20% on this time last year. AND we’re warmer!!! Woot!

  • So now we’re well into winter, and it has been a really cold one, I can honestly say that doing the carbon challenge has had a massive impact on my life. Scouting through op-shops & garage sales to find cheap ways […]

  • Billy posted an update 5 years, 4 months ago

    Booked in for the Tanabata thing, can’t wait! Love Japanese food, so delicious. Hope to meet some of you there :)

  • Billy commented on the post, planting vegs 5 years, 4 months ago

    That’s an excellent idea! Do you use those white polystyrene boxes veggies come packed in? Do you colour them black to absorb more heat? Are they up on bricks to drain or just sitting on the soil? I’m keen to try […]

    • Yes the polystyrene veggie and fruit boxes are best. They don’t need to be put up on bricks and I had not thought of painting them black. Good idea.

    • My experience with the polystyrene boxes has been excellent. I’m not sure about painting them black, it may overheat the soil and burn the roots?

  • Billy posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    In reply to: Girrawa wrote a new post, Car Pooling Does anyone have any cleaver ideas on how to make car pooling easy. It seems difficult to coordinate sharing lifts when people work varied hours, using flex time. It seems to […] View

    Hi @Girrawa This is a great idea, I made a challenge getting public transport to work but I really haven’t been able to make it work for me. Plus I was really late when they changed the timetable :/ Hopefully we’ll have light rail soon! That’d be so great. In the meantime, i found this…[Read more]

  • Billy posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    In reply to: Ecoaction posted an update @Tom_Swann, @Genevieve, @Kai, @mtash – How was the Retro-fitting For Renters workshop on Saturday? Hopefully it gave you some great ideas on how to keep the heat in and the cold out! If […] View

    Oh, great, I missed the workshop :( Hoping to get some new tricks through the comments & blogs here. Do you think you could run it again? Thanks :)

  • Does the bubble wrap work? I’ve seen it on here a couple of times.

  • Billy posted an update 5 years, 6 months ago

    So I’m failing my transport challenge so far. It’s just too difficult to get the bus. Takes hours and if I have to work late/want to go out to dinner there’s pretty much nothing. Just saw the Govt announcing their new transport plans. I remember last time they were talking about light rail to Gungahlin it was waaay cheaper than what they’re…[Read more]

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  • Billy posted an update 5 years, 6 months ago

    Hi everyone! I just joined up & am hoping to get my house in order! Are any others doing the energy/transport challenges (you have to do them to be eligible for prizes, right?) How is it going? Anything for renters out there?