Category Archives: Eco house

Water issues: Future proofing the garden (part II)

The above diagram shows the settling tank we now have. Grey water from the house must now pass through it before being released into the wetland area next to the pond. The wetland area itself is at a level slightly … Continue reading

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Water issues: Future proofing the garden

different measures and systems we use to save water Continue reading

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Winter fuel (part II)

In addition to the earlier post here two other sources of winter fuel: salad (chard, muzuna, lettuce) and a few other vegetable greens (spinach, konmatsuna, tat soi) which are available when the snow is not covering them deer meat (venison) – … Continue reading

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Insulation, insulation, insulation

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Ecolife video message

During the Autum (2016) I was asked by my university (The Kyoto University of Foreign Studies) to be the subject of one of their promotional videos aimed at highschool students here in Japan. It’s now finished and part of a … Continue reading

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Water harvesting and conservation

As part minimising the impact of our house and lifestyle, conserving water is just as important as conserving energy. Indeed, if we consider that it takes energy to clean, move (pump), and then dispose of water, saving water goes hand … Continue reading

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Green (living) roof

A quick update and review of the main green (living) roof on our property. The attached photo gallery shows the 5 main layers needed to make a successful green roof, and how well the sedum has established itself and matured … Continue reading

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TV appearance

Last December our house and family were featured in a programme here in Japan. The series is about the lifestyles of families that, for one reason or another, they consider interesting or different. Here is the link to a copy of … Continue reading

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Insulation – 1st year’s performance

The insulation of this house was given top priority (see previous blogs #1 #2) so in this post gives an update on how this insulation has performed. Winter In December 2014 I starting recording temperatures inside and outside the house to measure the … Continue reading

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Solar PV – 1st Year’s data

Our 4.9kW solar system has performed well we think. Based on 1 year’s data the average figures per day are: Produced 17.51 kWh Used 8.26kWh Sold 15.47kWh Monthly data can be seen in the following graph. January and December figures are … Continue reading

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