Home Biogas Systems in Australia
As home biogas appliances are becoming more and more popular in Australia, we want to highlight a few notable HomeBiogas customers.
HomeBiogas has made its way into over 90 countries across the globe, but it has been making waves in one particularly special country: Australia. With Australia’s scenic landscape and plentiful sun, it is no wonder that it is home to such a thriving environmental movement. It is this, coupled with a strong desire to live independently from big energy companies imposing rising prices and the development of the renewable energy field, which has pushed a growing number of Australians to embrace living “off the grid”. A testament to this trend – Australia has the highest rate of residential solar panel installations worldwide, according to the Energy Supply Association of Australia. Perhaps soon it will claim the title as one of the countries with the highest home biogas unit usage worldwide!
Home biogas appliances could prove to be very useful to Australian households, who according to the Australian EPA, waste one in five shopping bags of groceries they buy. One in five shopping bags accumulates to a loss of $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year. A home biogas system will be able to save those would-be groceries and generate monetary value from them, in the form of FREE cooking gas.As home biogas appliances are becoming more and more popular in Australia, we want to highlight a few notable HomeBiogas customers.
THE THRIFTY GARDENERS- NEWINGTON AUSTRALIA
Jyoti’s family makes recycling a priority. Between their HomeBiogas 1.0 appliance, worm farm, compost pile, and recycling bins, hardly anything makes it into their trash can these days. Their garden is the ultimate example of upcycling, with structures, pots, and seating recovered from a variety of secondhand sources. Their motto is to “use what you have, and use it well!”
Jyoti’s family proudly showcased their wonderful garden and HomeBiogas appliance this year during Australia’s Sustainable House Day, a true testimony to their local community engagement and the country’s growing environmental movement. The event draws in thousands of visitors each year to a display of Australia’s “greenest” homes. Jyoti says in an article she wrote about the experience that the feedback she received this year was awesome.
About her HomeBiogas system, she writes “we cook whenever we can on our outdoor stove connected to the biogas plant that generates fuel from our kitchen waste.”
THE “SIMPLE LIFE” AUTHOR, BLOGGER, AND ADVOCATE- MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Samuel Alexander is the creator of The Simplicity Collective, an online forum revolving around the idea that a simpler life, one consisting of less energy and resource consumption, is more socially, environmentally, and spiritually sound. This movement, which stands in opposition to consumer culture, is also sometimes referred to as ‘the quiet revolution’. As part of Alexander’s devotion to reducing his consumption, specifically of fossil fuels, he has invested in a HomeBiogas 1.0 appliance and has written an independent assessment of his experience. In another article he authored, entitled Home Biogas: Turning Food Waste Into Renewable Energy Alexander backs HomeBiogas as a product and promotes home biogas systems as the way to a sustainable future:
“In an age of worrying climate change and looming fossil energy decline, the benefits of biogas are obvious. It is a renewable energy source with zero net greenhouse emissions. And yet its potential has largely gone untapped, at least in the developed world. Based on my research and experience, I contend that home-produced biogas is an extremely promising technology whose time has come. In fact, I believe it could provoke a domestic green energy revolution, if only we let it.”
THE BEE PEOPLE- NANNUP, AUSTRALIA
Stewart, Bee, and their son run a small organic farm business in Nannup, Western Australia. They are passionate about permaculture practices, combating climate change, and of course, fresh and tasty food. They enjoy and take pride in watching the earth they’ve worked slowly regenerate and flourish. Their permaculture practices include the humane use of animals, bees, and their HomeBiogas 1.0 appliance to recycle their animal manure and create rich, liquid fertilizer.
Bee is active on Youtube and shows how she uses both outputs of HomeBiogas. Here you can see how she uses the organic liquid fertilizer or effluent to nourish her food garden. The biodigestion process does not destroy the nutrients of the food, rather the effluent is packed with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous.
Here is a video of Bee using the biogas made from the home biogas unit to cook a bone broth. To conserve energy Bee says that she uses the biogas to get the broth boiling, and then she uses a haybox- a nonelectric way to keep food a consistent temperature.
THE DIYERS (ON WHEELS)- BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA
Awesome power couple Paul and Annett picked up and left their trendy apartment in Sydney one year ago to lead a life that more so matched their inner values. Both are adamant environmentalists with an impressive set of skills for the various DIY projects they’ve taken on – the biggest being the creation of their own tiny house on wheels! Their ultimate goal is to create a zero emission home complete with a HomeBiogas biodigestor for cooking and waste disposal! The two have closely documented their journey on their blog, Living Tiny and Green, and through various social media platforms.
Since Paul and Annette are very causous about their impact, they don’t quite have a ton of food waste. Their solution: to pick up extra food waste from the local New Brighton Farmers Market so that they can feel their home biogas system.
As for the cooking experience with biogas? The couple’s stove is split between an induction cooktop run off solar power and a cooktop run on homemade biogas from HomeBiogas 1.0!
We hope that seeing some of these HomeBiogas customers in Australia has inspired you. Many of them are living an off-the-grid lifestyle, trying to live autonomously, not connected to the municipal supply of water, sewage, gas, electricity, or any other mass utility infrastructure. The movement has gained a growing number of followers, though each individual and family has their own reasons for making the leap. Some make the change to reduce their ecological footprint or get more in touch with nature while others take part due to cost-efficiency or their desire to become truly independent. Just like the reasons behind making this lifestyle change are unique and diverse, so are our customers. We are proud of our unique and wonderful Australian “biogasers”, and are happy to share their connection to HomeBiogas with the world.
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