ABC Program about sustainable houses.
Just caught a bit about one where they use a wood burning hot tub. They burn scrap wood from the yard (it's belching smoke as they speak). He says it's not polluting because it doesn't use electricity.
Other home featured earlier has many solar panels... they use the power on sunny days and it is also used to offset their use of power from the grid when the weather is no good for solar... These ones, if they were really, truly serious about the environment and saving the planet and their carbon footprint, would be TOTALLY INDEPENDENT OF THE GRID. As it is, the grid must be maintained with the level of maximum use in mind, and then there's base load. Honestly, if they were serious about it they'd be fully independent of the grid.... it'll never happen!
It's like the idiots who think plug in cars are a great idea. They seem to forget that the electricity coming out of the powerpoint comes from SOMEWHERE where they're probably burning coal (particularly in Aus).
My connection is playing up and slow as a wet week. If I get a chance later I'll try to find the link if the show is on Youtube.