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Keeping cool this summer: Moreland Solar City

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 16th, 2009

Source: Zero Carbon Moreland

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Air conditioning is not an essential requirement to keeping your home cool in summer. By using passive cooling techniques, you can keep the temperature of your home down.  Some easy actions to stay cool in summer are:

* Use outside shading such as adjustable blinds, awnings, shutters or even grow vines on a trellis to shade the windows, reducing heat transfer through the window glass.

* Avoid using heat producing appliances during the hottest parts of the day.

* If you have to use an air conditioner; make sure you avoid using it all day, switch it on for a few hours if and only when it is necessary. Also set your thermostat between 24 and 26 degrees.

To read more about staying cool in summer visit the Moreland Solar City webpage.

Carbon calculator online: Zero Carbon Moreland

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on November 13th, 2009

Source: Zero Carbon Moreland
ZCM Online Calculator_attribution

Zero Carbon Moreland are happy to introduce their new online carbon calculator.

This tool will make it easier to calculate your carbon footprint and to create your own, personal action plan online.  Many Zero Carbon Moreland participants have been posting, emailing and phoning in their carbon footprints or calculating them at workshops with their friends and neighbours. If you have done so, thank you! It is vital to the campaign that we have your data before and after you take action.

If you have not submitted your footprint yet, it has just become very easy to do so using the online calculator and action plan. Get online and try it out. The calculator will also provide you with information about the actions you can take, helping you create your own personal action plan – which can be printed out and put on your fridge.

We hope you enjoy it! Feel free to let us know what you think. If you have any problems please contact Jessica or Jenneke on 9385 8517 or