Everyday Energy-Efficient Townhouse Transformation (EEETT) 2024

House Notes – Everyday Energy-Efficient Townhouse Transformation (EEETT)

We moved into our 2 story townhouse in the summer of 2021 and had some unbearably hot days on the upper floor. So we embarked on making our new home comfortable, energy efficient and all electric. We hope our story provides an example of retro-fitting within the constraints of an inner city townhouse. From DIY draught-proofing, to solar installation, adding insulation, external shading, aircon upgrades, and gas replacement for our hot-water system and cooking. Summer electricity consumption cut 70-80% and now saving approximately half a tonne of CO2e per year with the gas replacement.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring

    • Energy efficiency:
    • Load shifting (ie running appliances while Sun is shining)
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Low flow shower heads
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 0.11
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Automation/controls
      Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Honeycomb blinds
      Roller doors
      Shutters
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – natural wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 4
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 8
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 3
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Concrete blocks
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Pocket doors
      Sliding windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
      180 degree opening doors
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
Location
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
    • Housing Type:
    • Townhouse
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition

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