September 13, 2020

5 things I learnt when I got solar panels

I am a shameless early adopter, first in the queue for the new gadgets. I installed solar back in 2011. I paid around $6,000 for a 5.5 kW system, 20 panels. The system has more than met my expectations. It’s easily paid for itself, and I love knowing that I’m producing my own power. But… […]

September 9, 2020

Reporting on… Mosman Council Climate Forum

Nearly 200 people joined Mosman Council’s online Climate Action Forum last night to hear a stellar panel of guest speakers and government representatives discussing climate resilience and responding to climate change. The panel included:  The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy & Environment and Member for Hornsby Zali Steggall OAM MP, Federal Member […]

September 6, 2020

Any questions?

What rebates can I get? How much does it cost? How do I choose a reputable company? Are batteries worth the money? And what’s with these Facebook ads for cheap deals? Bring all your questions to our free Solar My House webinar at 6.30pm on September 16, 2020. Hosted by volunteers Ann-Charlott and Ursula, with […]

August 23, 2020

Solar Open House Day

Cool but sunny. A perfect day to show off two solar installations in Manly. Many thanks to generous householders John and Dof, who welcomed people to their homes and answered all the questions. How much did it cost? What does it look like? How much space does it take up? How long did it take […]

August 20, 2020

Reporting on… Electric Vehicles (2)

Ursula recently attended a webinar hosted by RenewEnergy featuring two EV enthusiasts. Turns out EVs are good for towing, great for work, and light on maintenance. Read on… David Cann and Bryce Gaton answered questions at RenewEconomy’s EV webinar on 18 May 2020.  David Cann is a member of the Adelaide Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) […]

August 16, 2020

Creatively sustainable

Tania Tan is a climate action leader. Marketing guru, technical whizz and wearer of many hats, her ambition is to leave this world in a better shape for her kids. Volunteering with ZESN is just one of the ways she is pursuing that ambition. “We got solar panels about 12 or 13 years ago, then […]


My first car was an electric blue Citroen Dyane called Hermione. She had a 602cc engine and, with a following wind, could almost get up to the speed limit on the motorway. She sipped petrol but struggled with hills. Hermione went to the great scrapyard in the sky many years ago and now, like so […]

August 14, 2020

Big savings for pool owners

Did you know that most pool pumps run at more than twice the speed they need to for 99% of the time? Chris Lee does. Chris is a volunteer with Zero Emissions Sydney North’s Home Energy Efficiency group and he has made a short video about how to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of […]

The gift that keeps on giving

Catherine Willis and her husband John attended one of our first Solar My House parties (pre-Covid), and were immediately inspired to make changes. They were keen to install solar panels but, with a roof due for an overhaul, it wasn’t the right time for them. So they decided to put solar panels on their childrens’ […]

August 6, 2020

You are invited

Solar Open House, August 23, 9am-12pm Thinking about solar but not sure where to start? Drop by and meet the locals in two Manly homes that have installed solar. They’ll share their costs, electricity bills and payback times, show you their solar systems and answer any of your questions.  WHEN: Sunday, August 23, any time […]