Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My footprint diary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAAAAAA!!!!!! I found out that my mum is saving money on the energy bills!!!! Which means that turning off the lights is saving money and energy!!!!!!!!!!!!! My footprint is now decreasing and it feels good to know that I am trying to live sustainably. I think that everyone should at least try to save the planet!!!!!!!!! =)

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Footprint Diary

Today I went to the shops and we got those snaplock bags and we reuse them heaps, ITS LIKE WE ONLY NEED THREE (one for me and each one for my brother and sister)!!!!!!! My mum got rid of sky so now we dont watch t.v anymore which is great because we save power and we could get out a boardgame and play it with the family!!!!!!! I turn off all the lights that we dont use as well so Im double saving power yaaaa for me =)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My footprint diary

In room 18 we are learning about the enviroment as part of this we are learning about ecological footprints I will be keeping a diary to see if mine is decreasing!
So heres my diary entry for the day!!!!

Today instead of using the wrap I used a snaplock bag which is reusable, but we only had had one left so I used some wrap sorry world =( I do have a vege garden in the back so thats were I get my veges from and some fruit trees!!!
My challenge is to use the snaplock bags and to buy the reusable bags instead of the plastic bags.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Studio 2, every year does a competition called the meccano mad movie challenge!!!! The T.V.F.I team are participating and making a movie about the environment! Its going to be about a robot who tries to save the world but I wont tell you anymore! It is going to be soo awesome and it links to our sustainably!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sustainable Architecture

On Wednesday 3rd Kris Wilson from Design House came and talked to us about sustainable architecture and this is what I learnt from him.
The idea behind sustainable architecture is to live healthy and happy into the future and live of sustainable resources and create homes that are ecofriendly to the environment. Kris described architecture as the art of science and building creative and technical homes.

In the building process you make lots of waste even in an ecohouse in fact 50% of the waste is just from building, it creates CO2 and the energy uses go on and on.

Pointers on building an ecohouse

  • Use concrete to hold in the heat.
  • Insulation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste management
  • Eco-lighting
  • Small is good
  • Cladding
  • Grey water systems
  • Recycle while building
  • Ventilation
  • Thermal mass - store heat
  • Wetback- heat house while heating water
  • Solar panels
  • Using local materials
  • Use douglas fer, plywood and macracapa
  • Low flow taps and showers
  • Overhangs
  • Glass on north side and a wall on the other side
  • Renewable non-toxic materials
Just remember an eco-house is normal, just the same as an family house just friendly to the environment and good for our world.

For more information check out kris' website

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Supply and demand!

We are learning about econimics and supply and demands. This is about the producer gaining profits and the consumer buying goods. This graph about supply and demand, it shows the supply and demand and the equilibrium point, the equilibrium point is when the consumer and the producer meet with the amount of goods being made and the amount being sold. They are in relationship with the quantity of goods. The producers wants to make money from consumers so lower and higher the price of goods so they are always making a profit. Sometimes producers stop making as much goods because people do not buy the product the price also goes down because they know that they cant make a profit. When they lower prices consumers buy heaps of the products thinking that the consumer will profit and the producer will lose money actually the the consumers altogether will buy more than the producer makes giving the producer the profit.
I learnt this from popbrain.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Eco-House

These are some of the things I will do to keep my Eco-house energy efficient!

Polystyrene is a great way to insulate my house and is very effective.
Polystyrene is a poor conductor of heat.s

Hot Water Cylinder Wrap
If my hot mater cylinder is hot to touch it means that you are wasting energy to insure i don't I am going to have a hot water cylinder wrap. The wrap is to stop unnecessary heat loss.

Solar Water Heaters
A solar hot water system absorbs the energy from the sun in the collector panels located on the roof of your home.
The suns energy is absorbed though the panel and heats the water in the hot water cylinder

Energy efficient light bulbs
Energy saving light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs, and last up to eight times longer.

Heat pumps
Very energy-efficient
Deliver instant heat
Can provide heating and cooling
One unit can heat the whole house.
Heat pump systems are 300% efficient, meaning for every 1kWh of electricity they consume, they generate 3kWh of heat.

The benefits of an eco-house
Better health, the air in my home will be dry and healthy, safer for small children, the elderly and those with allergies. My home will be free from condensation and well insulated.

Greater comfort, your home will be more comfortable. I will aim to design my house so that my home has a temperature of between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius all year round. This is the recommendation of the World Health Organisation for comfortable and healthy homes.

The informaton I found was from right house.

My job as a vet!

As the vet of the island I will make sure all the animals are healthy, to do this I will need a place. It will be the the Matai Vetarnarian Centre the MVC for short. I will need to get a builder with plans to design and build my place and I will need money to do so. Dairy cattle vets help farmers to manage the health and fertility of their herd. This involves advising clients about animal care and feeding, disease prevention and enhancing fertility. Prevention is the name of the game but vets also play a vital role in helping farmers treat sick and injured animals.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jobs on the island!!!!!!!!

We will need some jobs on the island these are some:
3.landscape designer
6. Vet
11.Gas fitters
12.security guard
14.Fruit pickers
16.Boat builder
18.Ambulance driver
21.Bank manager

I would like to apply for the vet because I love animals and I would be great for the job.

Matai Islands

Our island has uranium and I dont know what it is, do you?
Uranium is a silvery-white metallic chemical element and it is weakly radioactive. Uranium mining is the process of extraction of uranium ore from the ground. As uranium ore is mostly present at relatively low concentrations, most uranium mining is very volume-intensive, and tends to be undertaken as open-pit mining. It is also undertaken in only a small number of countries of the world, as the resource is relatively rarely found.
This informationis from

Matai Islands

At school we are going to create islands and try to virtualy live sustainably on it! My next post will be a picture of my design!!!