Fantastic news for fish lovers. There have been some great improvements in the last two years in terms of the humble tin of tuna. Since Greenpeace’s Canned Tuna Guide was launched nearly every brand can tell you where and how their tuna is caught. Tinned tuna has also been included in the recently launched sustainable seafood guide iPhone app.
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If, like us, you are in NSW and were thinking of installing photovoltaic panels on your roof to generate your own solar electricity, there have been a few changes. The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme, introduced in 2009, provides gross feed-in-tariffs of 60 cents a kilowatt/hour for the solar electricity generated. This feed-in-tariff helps pay off the cost of installation. This scheme has been reviewed and from the end of October 2010 you will receive 20 cents a kilowatt/hour for electricity sold back to the grid.
Wind turbines have historically been limited to rural areas. However, this is about to change as vertical axis wind turbines are being introduced for residential areas. Vertical axis wind turbines look more like an egg whisk than a windmill, the main benefit being that they are unaffected by wind direction so are better suited for urban areas. Residential turbines can be installed on the roof or tower and feed energy into the building through an inverter. Urban Green Energy is about to introduce the vertical axis wind turbines into Australia to provide another renewable energy option for the home.
Most households in Australia now have at least one computer and with the lifespan of a personal computer ranging from 2-5 years that is a significant amount of waste. After six years it was finally time to upgrade my laptop, so its time to see what can be done with the old one, which still works, albeit slowly. So it seems there are now more options for reuse and recycling of computers, so what are they?